Numerical Analysis of Nonholonomic Elastoplastic Frames by Mathematical Programming

  • Konstantinos V. Spiliopoulos
  • Theodoros N. Patsios
Conference paper


The strength as well as the ductility of a structure may be estimated by performing an elastoplastic analysis. In such an analysis structural loading is incrementally applied through a proportional loading factor in accordance to a predefined loading pattern. During this process we have continuous plasticizations of various parts of the structure. For a more accurate description of the physical process, possible deplasticizations should also be taken into account. Thus a nonholonomic material behavior should be followed. In this work such an analysis is performed in an efficient way. The basis of the approach is the formulation of the incremental problem as a convex parametric quadratic programming (PQP) problem between two successive plastic hinges. The solution of this problem is done by assuming a fictitious load factor which establishes a search direction for the next plasticization. The true load factor is established when the plastic hinge that is closest to open really opens. An example of application, which serves as benchmark, is also included.


Axial Force Plastic Hinge Critical Section Axial Deformation Incremental Step 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Konstantinos V. Spiliopoulos
    • 1
  • Theodoros N. Patsios
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil Engineering, Institute of Structural Analysis & Antiseismic ResearchNational Technical University of AthensAthensGreece

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