Direct evaluation of the local stability of structures using nonlinear FE solutions

Min Han Oh, Hyo Jin Kim, Kyungho Yoon, Phill Seung Lee

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In this paper, we propose three practical methods for directly evaluating stability in a local structural part of a large structure (local structure). The local stability is assessed by investigating global external load, local internal force, local strain energy, and local displacement, all calculated through nonlinear finite element (FE) analysis. A great advantage of the proposed methods is that they do not require local finite element analysis of the target local part and are applicable to arbitrarily-shaped local parts of a global structure. In addition, unlike previously developed methods, the proposed methods fully consider complicated interactions between local and global structures. The three evaluation methodologies are presented, and their practical effectiveness is demonstrated through several numerical examples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-490
Number of pages14
JournalStructural Engineering and Mechanics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Nov 25

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was also supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (No. NRF2018R1A2B3005328). This study was prepared based on the research results of Oh (2020)’s doctoral dissertation at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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