Advanced Structural Analysis/Part I - Theory/Failure Modes/Plastic Failure/Limit Analysis

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  1. Introduction
  2. Lower Bound
  3. Upper Bound

Introduction[edit]

Plastic failure modes, even of simple structures, are usually difficult to analyze in a precise quantitative manner. Sophisticated FEM algorithms and significant CPU-times are often necessary in order to produce realistic results.

Limit analysis offers a different, simplistic approach. It is based on a few assumptions and enables the analyst to achieve intrinsic lower and upper bound assessments of the catastrophic loads.