Postbuckling of truss-lattice shear panels using exact theory

P A Williams, Richard Butler, H Alicia Kim, Giles W Hunt

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A new solution is developed to model the stable postbuckling behaviour of a truss-lattice shear panel. The mode shapes are derived through load equilibrium conditions and are based on the load in the structural members. The load in each member of a single-cell panel can be calculated exactly, without the need for an iterative postbuckling path, and the method produces excellent results in initial and advanced postbuckling. Comparisons are drawn with an alternative analytical method and the commonplace finite element approach. A Rayleigh-Ritz method based on a Fourier approximation to the mode shape provides the useful progression from an unbuckled to a buckled structure giving excellent results in initial postbuckling, although is limited for advanced postbuckling. The standard finite element method for this problem produces accurate results but with limited detail around the buckling load owing to the presence of an imperfection in the shape of the initial mode, which is required to initiate the postbuckling analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)995-1009
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2008


  • shear panels
  • postbuckling
  • truss lattice
  • nonlinear analysis


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