Inelastic Analysis of Structures under Variable Loads

Theory and Engineering Applications

  • Dieter Weichert
  • Giulio Maier

Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 83)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. H. Stumpf, B. Schieck
    Pages 31-47
  3. K. Wiechmann, F.-J. Barthold, E. Stein
    Pages 49-68
  4. A. Siemaszko, G. Bielawski, J. Zwolinski
    Pages 135-146
  5. Nestor Zouain, José Luís Silveira
    Pages 147-165
  6. George J. Dvorak, Dimitris C. Lagoudas, Chien-Ming Huang
    Pages 183-196
  7. T. Hassine, G. Inglebert, M. Pons
    Pages 255-267
  8. C. Polizzotto, G. Borino, F. Parrinello, P. Fuschi
    Pages 335-364
  9. M. Boulbibane, I. F. Collins
    Pages 365-380
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 381-384

About this book


The question whether a structure or a machine component can carry the applied loads, and with which margin of safety, or whether it will become unserviceable due to collapse or excessive inelastic deformations, has always been a major concern for civil and mechanical engineers. The development of methods to answer this technologically crucial question without analysing the evolution of the system under varying loads, has a long tradition that can be traced back even to the times of emerging mechanical sciences in the early 17th century. However, the scientific foundations of the theories underlying these methods, nowadays frequently called "direct", were established sporadically in the Thirties of the 20th century and systematically and rigorously in the Fifties. Further motivations for the development of direct analysis techniques in applied mechanics of solids and structures arise from the circumstance that in many engineering situations the external actions fluctuate according to time histories not a priori known except for some essential features, e.g. variation intervals. In such situations the critical events (or "limit states") to consider, besides plastic collapse, are incremental collapse (or "ratchetting") and alternating plastic yielding, namely lack of "shakedown". Non evolutionary, direct methods for ultimate limit state analysis of structures subjected to variably-repeated external actions are the objectives of most papers collected in this book, which also contains a few contributions on related topics.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Dieter Weichert
    • 1
  • Giulio Maier
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für allgemeine MechanikRheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule AachenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Structural EngineeringTechnical University (Politecnico) of MilanItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-0382-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-9421-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0925-0042
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