Mechanical Models for the Subclasses of Catastrophes

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


First some concepts of the structural stability and the elementary catastrophe theory are shown. A short chapter explains which types of the catastrophes are typical at elastic structures. Hence the load parameter has a special role among the parameters, a subclassification is needed in the stability analysis. The main part of the paper shows this subclassification and illustrates almost every type by simple elastic models.


Critical Load Potential Energy Function Equilibrium Path Perfect Structure Catastrophe Theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zsolt Gaspar
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  1. 1.Department of Structural MechanicsBudapest University of Technology and EconomicsHungary
  2. 2.Research Group for Computational Structural MechanicsHungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary

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