Phenomenological and Mathematical Modelling of Structural Instabilities

  • Marcello Pignataro
  • Victor Gioncu

Part of the CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 470)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. M. Pignataro, G. C. Ruta
    Pages 1-84
  3. Victor Gioncu
    Pages 85-134
  4. Eduardo de Miranda Batista
    Pages 135-194

About this book


The study of structural instability plays a role of primary importance in the field of applied mechanics. Despite the remarkable progresses made in the recent past years, the structural instability remains one of the most challenging topics in applied - chanics. Many problems have bee:: solved in the last decades but still many others remain to be solved satisfactorily. The increasing number of papers published in jo- nals and conferences organized by ECCS, SSRC, IUTAM, and EUROMECH strongly indicates the interest of scientists and engineers in the subject. A careful examination of these publications shows that they tend to fall into one of the two categories. The first is that of practical design direction in which methods for analyzing specific stability problems related to some specific structural typologies are developed. The research works are restricted to determining the critical load, considering that it is sufficient to know the limits of stability range. These studies are invaluable since their aim is to provide solutions to practical problems, to supply the designer with data useful for design and prepare norms, specifications and codes. The second direction is that of theoretical studies, aiming at a mathematical modeling of the instability problems, for a better understanding of the phenomena. In these studies, special emphasis is placed on the behavior of structures after the loss of stability in the post-critical range. This approach is less familiar to designers as its results have not yet become part of current structural design practice.


Mathematica applied mechanics calculus computation engineering design experimental mechanics instability mechanics modeling stability structure theoretical mechanics

Editors and affiliations

  • Marcello Pignataro
    • 1
  • Victor Gioncu
    • 2
  1. 1.Università Di Roma “La Sapienza”Italy
  2. 2.Technical University Of TIMIşoaraRomania

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information CISM, Udine 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Vienna
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-211-25292-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-211-38028-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0254-1971
  • Series Online ISSN 2309-3706
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