Computational asymptotic post-buckling analysis of slender elastic structures

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


The lectures provide an introduction to the computational treatment of Koiter’s asymptotic strategy for post-buckling analysis of thin elastic structures.

The analysis of slender structures characterized by complex buckling and post-buckling phenomena and by a strong imperfection sensitivity, suffers from a lack of adequate computational tools. Standard algorithms, based on incremental-iterative approaches, are computationally expensive: it is practically impossible to perform the large number of successive runs necessary for the sensitivity analysis, that is, to evaluate the reduction in load due to all possible imperfections. Finite element implementations of Koiter’s perturbation method give a convenient alternative for that purpose. The analysis is very fast, of the same order as a linearized stability analysis and new analyses for different imperfections only require a fraction of the first analysis time.

The main objective of the present course is to show that finite element implementations of Koiter’s method can be both accurate and reliable.


Limit Load Equilibrium Path Nonlinear Eigenvalue Problem Asymptotic Approach Euler Beam 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raffaele Casciaro
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  1. 1.Department of StructureUniversity of CalabriaRendeItaly

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