Influence of boundary conditions and geometric imperfections on lateral-torsional buckling resistance of a pultruded FRP I-beam by FEA

T. T. Nguyen, Tak Ming Chan, J. T. Mottram

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Presented are results from geometric non-linear finite element analyses to examine the Lateral Torsional Buckling (LTB) resistance of a Pultruded Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) I-beam when initial geometric imperfections associated with the LTB mode shape are introduced. A data reduction method is proposed to define the limiting buckling load and the method is used to present strength results for a range of beam slendernesses and geometric imperfections. Prior to reporting on these non-linear analyses, Eigenvalue FE analyses are used to establish the influence on resistance of changing load height or displacement boundary conditions. By comparing predictions for the beam with either FRP or steel elastic constants it is found that the former has a relatively larger effect on buckling strength with changes in load height and end warping fixity. The developed finite element modelling methodology will enable parametric studies to be performed for the development of closed form formulae that will be reliable for the design of FRP beams against LTB failure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-242
Number of pages10
JournalComposite Structures
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Fibre reinforced polymer
  • Geometric non-linear finite element analysis
  • Initial geometric imperfections
  • Lateral-torsional buckling
  • Load height
  • Warping restraint

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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