Columns under a Follower Force

  • Yoshihiko SugiyamaEmail author
  • Mikael A. Langthjem
  • Kazuo Katayama
Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 255)


An elastic cantilevered beam subjected to a follower force, the so-called Beck’s column, is an ideal/classical structural model in the theory of nonconservative stability problems. The stability of columns associated with follower forces is a relatively new topic in the field of structural stability, at least in comparison with the part dealing with conservative forces. This chapter discusses the basic aspects of a column under a follower force, its positive and negative features.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoshihiko Sugiyama
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mikael A. Langthjem
    • 2
  • Kazuo Katayama
    • 3
  1. 1.Small Spacecraft Systems Research Center, Osaka Prefecture UniversitySakaiJapan
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical Systems EngineeringYamagata UniversityYonezawaJapan
  3. 3.Daicel CorporationTatsunoJapan

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