Local material damage is often characterized as degradation of material properties. A recent study has discovered a paradoxical phenomenon that clamped circular plates with a local axisymmetric damage may have a buckling load above that of a corresponding perfect plate. This paper describes a finite element investigation into the buckling behaviour of circular plates with a local axisymmetric damage. The paradoxical results of previous researchers are explained, and observations are made regarding the appropriate modelling of local damage.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Building and Construction
- Mechanical Engineering