Generalized Reut’s Column
This chapter discusses a generalized Reut’s column, one of the models in the nonconservative problems of structural stability, showing that a mechanical model of the column is realizable in laboratories. A method for realizing the Reut force with a constant line of action, and a generalized Reut force as well, is proposed. The force is produced by an impinging air-jet method. Some experiments with columns under forces with different magnitudes of nonconservativeness are presented. It is experimentally shown that the column under this type of force loses stability by divergence and flutter, depending on the magnitude of nonconservativeness of the applied force.
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