COMPARISON AND VALIDATION OF CREEP-BUCKLING ANALYSIS METHODS
|Publication Date:||3 September 2008|
This report provides comparisons of creep-buckling calculations and provides guidance on approximate methods which are feasible for design. This report includes a discussion of the various creep models, presents creep buckling analysis techniques, and provides several comparative example calculations.
The techniques discussed in this report include:
1. Baseline analysis. Finite element creep analysis with different creep models and full non-linear strain-displacement (geometrical) analysis.
2. Critical strain technique. Elastic buckling strain defines the creep buckling strain.
3. Tangent/secant modulus approaches. Combinations of tangent and secant moduli of the isochronous stress-strain curve are used in calculations that reduce to elastic buckling calculations in the elastic case.
4. Use of an isochronous stress-strain curve in a limit/instability analysis of the imperfect structure. An instability (buckling) analysis would be in principle the same as Technique 3, and should generate the same answer. Adding plastic collapse as a failure mode ensures that the yield strength of the structure is not exceeded. This analysis therefore reflects the failure modes which are covered by the baseline technique.