Local deformation models in analyzing beam-on-beam collisions

Haihui Ruan, T. X. Yu

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With the intention to reveal the local behavior of beam-on-beam collisions, several local deformation models in the collision between a free-free beam and a simply supported beam are proposed and examined. The conventional rigid, perfectly plastic material idealization is adopted in analyzing the global flexural deformation of the beams, while the coupling of the global flexural deformation with the local indentation is formulated. Numerical results demonstrate that various local models lead to similar estimate on the global energy partitioning, whatever they adopt the stick or non-stick assumption. It is also noted that the weaker local model results in higher local energy dissipation. In addition, the separation and multi-impact between the two beams are observed by using some local models with non-stick assumption.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-423
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Journal of Mechanical Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Collision
  • Contact spring
  • Indentation
  • Local deformation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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