The paper reviews the application of the finite element method to the analysis of large‐deflection elasto‐plastic behaviour and traces the development of such a solution for plated structures. The accuracy of the approach is established by many comparisons with available solutions for isolated plates and conclusions are drawn on suitable idealizations for plated structures. The results of an analysis of a typical plate girder, allowing fully for the interaction between the component plates, are presented. Comparisons with experimentally measured values for the girder confirm the validity of the proposed approach for the study of the collapse modes of plated structures. The need for expensive experimentation is thereby reduced.
Evans, H.R., Peksa, D.O. and Taherian, A.R. (1985), "The analysis of the non‐linear and ultimate load behaviour of plated structures by the finite element method", Engineering Computations, Vol. 2 No. 4, pp. 271-284. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb023625Download as .RIS
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