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Advances in Materials Research
  Volume 11, Number 1, March 2022 , pages 59-73

Comparative study of finite element analysis and generalized beam theory in prediction of lateral torsional buckling
Shashi Kant Sharma, K.V. Praveen Kumar, M. Abdul Akbar and Dadi Rambabu

    In the construction industry, thin-walled frame elements with very slender open cross-sections and low torsional stiffness are often subjected to a complex loading condition where axial, bending, shear and torsional stresses are present simultaneously. Hence, these often fail in instability even before the yield capacity is reached. One of the most common instability conditions associated with thin-walled structures is Lateral Torsional Buckling (LTB). In this study, a first order Generalized Beam Theory (GBT) formulation and numerical analysis of cold-formed steel lipped channel beams (C80×40×10×1, C90×40×10×1, C100×40×10×1, C80×40×10×1.6, C90×40×10×1.6 and C100×40×10×1.6) subjected to uniform moment is carried out to predict pure Lateral Torsional Buckling (LTB). These results are compared with the Finite Element Analysis of the beams modelled with shell elements using ABAQUS and analytical results based on Euler
Key Words
    finite element analysis; generalized beam theory; instability failure; lateral torsional buckling; light gauge steel; lipped channel beams
Department of Civil Engineering, Dr. B R Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar, Punjab-144011, India.

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