A free boundary problem and stability for the nonlinear beam

E. Miersemann, Hans Mittelmann

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The stability bound for the classical nonlinear Euler beam is determined in the case that its deflection is limited by an obstacle parallel to the plane of the beam. Let a clamped or simply supported beam be axially compressed by a force P > P0, where P0 denotes the critical load. So far only a linear theory has been applied to analyze the stability of the solutions in contact with the obstacle and the jumping to a different state. Utilizing a free boundary problem formulation we analytically as well as numerically answer these questions for the nonlinear beam.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)516-532
Number of pages17
JournalMathematical Methods in the Applied Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Mathematics
  • General Engineering


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