Effect of flexible joints on the stability and large deflections of a triangular frame
Thacker, William I.
Wang, Chang Y.
Watson, Layne T.
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An isosceles triangular frame with rotationally resistive joints under a tip load is studied. The large in-plane deformation elastica equations are formulated. Stability analysis shows the frame can buckle symmetrically or asymmetrically. Post-buckling behavior showing limit load and hysteresis are obtained by shooting and homotopy numerical algorithms. The behavior of a frame with rigid joints is studied in detail. The effects of joint spring constant and base length are found.