Advances in Steel Structures (ICASS '02). Proceedings of the by S.L. Chan, J.G. Teng and K.F. Chung (Eds.)

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The elastic critical limit state (formerly the critical stress in Eq. 1) can be similarly represented as the bifiircation load factor on the design loads found from a linear eigenvalue analysis R^n though special provisions are needed where snap-through buckling is critical. The overall relative slendemess of the complete structure then becomes (2) This revised definition permits all stmctures to be treated in a uniform manner, though it carries with it certain disadvantages, as noted below. For shell stmctures, the same two limit loads can be usefiilly described, with a plastic limit state dominated by material failure and an elastic buckling limit state whenever compressive stresses are present.

KEYWORDS Buckling, chimneys, design philosophy, European, limit state design, shells, silos, standards, tanks, towers. INTRODUCTION In many applications, a shell structure offers the most efficient usage of structural material, and produces very lightweight structures of considerable strength. In addition, shells are often seen as aesthetically pleasing, and they may be more widely used in architectural applications if difficulties of construction or fabrication can be overcome. However, shell structures display many complex responses: they are susceptible to sudden buckling failures, and are much affected by minor changes in geometry caused either by accident or as a result of loading conditions in service.

1972) "Plastic Analysis and the Design of Plates Shells and Disks", NorthHolland. M. , pp 329-334. M. (1987) Bending Theory of Shells for Bins and Silos, Transactions of Mechanical Engineerings Institution of Engineers, Australia, Vol. 3 September, pp 147-159. M. (1990) "Local Inelastic Collapse of Pressurised Thin Cylindrical Steel Shells under Axial Compression", Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 116, No. 7, July 1990, pp 1955-1970. M. (1997) "Pressurised axially compressed cylinders", Proc, Int.

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