A simplified prediction method for the local buckling load of cylindrical tubes

  • Kwanghyun Ahn
  • In-Gyu Lim
  • Jonghun YoonEmail author
  • Hoon Huh


Local buckling is as important as column buckling, substantially, when a thin-walled tube is applied to a structural part for guaranteeing safety design. This paper newly proposes an analytic model for predicting local buckling since a conventional Plantema equation is not able to predict the local buckling load, accurately, due to perfectly plastic assumption in the tube material. The proposed analytic model adopts a plastic flow of tube material to take into consideration of strain hardening, sequentially, which has been validated with experimental and numerical buckling loads when applying a thin-walled cylindrical tube. Remarkably, it shows good agreement with numerical and experimental buckling load compared with the conventional Plantema equation.


Collapse Cylindrical tube Local buckling Plantema equation 



tube radius


tube diameter


tube thickness


critical load for local buckling


critical stress for local buckling


yield stress


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kwanghyun Ahn
    • 1
  • In-Gyu Lim
    • 2
  • Jonghun Yoon
    • 3
    Email author
  • Hoon Huh
    • 4
  1. 1.SMART System Design DivisionKorea Atomic Energy Research InstituteDaejeonSouth Korea
  2. 2.Central Research InstituteSamsung Heavy IndustriesGyeonggi-doSouth Korea
  3. 3.Department of Mechanical EngineeringHanyang UniversityGyeonggi-doSouth Korea
  4. 4.Department of Mechanical EngineeringKAISTDaejeonSouth Korea

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