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Revisited the Critical Load Assessment of Huang et al. on Willems Tested Beck Column

Peter Praveen Jakkana, Nageswara Rao Boggarapu, Mahaboob Bodanapu, Appa Rao Bhogapurapu Venkata, Narayana Cherukuri and Harnath Yeddala

Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology, Volume 29, Issue 1, January 2021

DOI: https://doi.org/10.47836/pjst.29.1.14

Published: 22 January 2021

Dynamic stability of elastic structures is a fascinating topic. Many researchers have examined the problem theoretically considering a cantilever column under a tip-concentrated tangential load, the so-called Beck column. Experimental verification is demanded since the critical load of Beck column is found to be approximately eight times to that of the classical Euler column. Different types of testing procedures are being adopted to create the follower force. Among them, notable Willems experimentation provides the critical load close to that of Beck column. Investigations made by other researchers indicate the controversy associated with modeling and testing of Willems on Beck column. Such an intriguing problem of structures loaded by non-conservative forces is revisited here through a simple mathematical formulation. This paper confirms the adequacy of Willems approach on Beck column and the wrong critical load assessment of others. It indicates the possibility on the practical realization of follower forces

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