Experimental Mechanics

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 238–244 | Cite as

An experimental investigation of how accurate, simply supported boundary conditions can be achieved in compression testing of panels

  • José María Mínguez


How accurate, simply supported boundary conditions can be obtained experimentally in the testing of rectangular panels subjected to uniaxial compression has been investigated. Experimental buckling loads are obtained using the Southwell method and are compared with theoretical predictions. Several support arrangements are examined and compared to the idealized support conditions.


Boundary Condition Mechanical Engineer Fluid Dynamics Experimental Investigation Theoretical Prediction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • José María Mínguez
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  1. 1.Metallic Structures GroupUniversity of BathU.K.

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