Stiffened panels are composed of a base plate with stiffeners in one or more directions, leading to lightweight structures with high resistance. The structural design, in most cases, focuses mainly on the longitudinal compressive loads that the panels are subjected and can safely withstand. In the present work, a set of Finite Element Method Analyses (FEA) were carried out, using ABAQUS commercial simulation software, and compared with experimental data in order to infer about the sensitivity of the results to the initial geometrical imperfections (either in magnitude and shape). The developments in the present work aim to provide a range of models able to properly reproduce the experimental behaviour of aluminium stiffened panels subjected to compressive loads. It was shown that FEA using shell finite elements were able to obtain accurate predictions of the ultimate load, considering large deformation and elasto-plastic behaviours. The effect of using different shapes and magnitudes of the initial geometrical imperfections on the numerical simulation of the panels was also inferred and tested using previously obtained eigenvalue (EV) buckling modes.
|Journal||Key Engineering Materials|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2012|
- Elasto-plastic buckling
- Finite element modelling
- Initial geometrical imperfections
- Integrally stiffened panels