Coexisting equilibria and stability of a shallow arch: Unilateral displacement-control experiments and theory

TitleCoexisting equilibria and stability of a shallow arch: Unilateral displacement-control experiments and theory
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsPS Harvey, and LN Virgin
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Volume54
Start Page1
Pagination1 - 11
Date Published02/2015
Abstract

© 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. The equilibria and stability of a shallow prestressed arch (beam-column) are investigated theoretically and experimentally. The deflection of the arch is unilaterally constrained by a displacement-control device. Both snap-through and remote coexisting equilibria are observed. Force-deflection curves for primary and secondary equilibrium branches are measured for varying constraint locations. The effect of the constraint location on the critical condition at which stability is lost, resulting in a jump to a remote equilibrium, is investigated. Good agreement is attained between experimental data and theoretical results (based on minimization of the constrained strain energy and an inextensibility assumption).

DOI10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2014.11.016
Short TitleInternational Journal of Solids and Structures