Experimental Mechanics

, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp 269–274 | Cite as

Buckling of folded-plate structures

Paper reports experiments performed on single-cell simply supported, folded-plate structural models which were designed to explore those instability phenomena which could, conceivably, occur in an actual structure
  • S. E. Swartz
  • M. L. Mikhail
  • S. A. Guralnick


Folded plates are widely used as a structural system for roofing large floor areas which are to be unobstructed by the presence of interior column supports. Techniques for the analysis of such structures for stress, deformation and carrying capacity are well known; however, information concerning the possibility of local or general buckling of such structures is lacking. This paper reports experiments performed on twenty-one, single-cell, simply supported, folded-plate structural models which were designed to explore the buckling characteristics of this class of structure. Techniques for the fabrication and testing of the models are reported together with a correlation of the measured and the predicted buckling load for each of the twenty-one models in which instability behavior was observed.


Mechanical Engineer Fluid Dynamics Structural System Floor Area Instability Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. E. Swartz
    • 1
  • M. L. Mikhail
    • 2
  • S. A. Guralnick
    • 2
  1. 1.Kansas State UniversityManhattan
  2. 2.Illinois Institute of TechnologyChicago

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