The Tools Used in Plastic Analysis and Design

  • W. F. Chen
  • I. Sohal


The methods of simple plastic analysis and design are based on two basic assumptions. The first assumes that the structure is made of a ductile material such as steel that is able to absorb large deformations beyond the elastic limit without the danger of fracture. The second is that the deflections of a structural system under loading are small such that the effect of this upon the overall geometry can be ignored. Herein, we shall discuss the practicality of these assumptions and the limitations introduced by them in the methods of simple plastic analysis and design.


Plastic Hinge Collapse Mechanism Collapse Load Plastic Analysis Plastic Moment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. F. Chen
    • 1
  • I. Sohal
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Structural EngineeringPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Department of Civil EngineeringRutgers UniversityPiscatawayUSA

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