Rigid-Plastic Beams Under Uniformly Distributed Impulses

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A. L. Florence, R. D. Firth

Stanford Research Institute, Menlo Park, Calif.

J. Appl. Mech 32(3), 481-488 (Sep 01, 1965) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3627248 History: Received September 09, 1964; Revised February 04, 1965; Online August 04, 2011


This paper contains the description and results of experiments in which pinned and clamped beams are subjected to uniformly distributed impulses large enough to cause considerable plastic deformation. The final permanent shapes are compared with those predicted by the rigid-plastic theory. They are also compared with the shapes predicted when the theory takes some account of large deflections and strain-hardening.

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