Nonlinear stability analysis of hybrid grid shells

Jianguo Cai, Leming Gu, Yixiang Xu, Jian Feng, Jin Zhang

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In this paper, we investigate the buckling capacity of a hybrid grid shell, which is made of quadrangular meshes diagonally stiffened by pre-tensioned thin cables. The eigenvalue buckling, geometrical nonlinear elastic buckling and elasto-plastic buckling analyses of the hybrid structure were carried out. Then the influences of the shape and scale of imperfections on the elasto-plastic buckling loads were discussed. Also, the effects of different structural parameters, such as the rise-to-span ratio, cross-section of beams, area and pre-stress of cables and boundary conditions, on the failure load were investigated. The results show that the buckling capacity is reduced when taking into account the material nonlinearity. Furthermore, the hybrid structure is highly imperfection sensitive and the reduction of the failure load due to imperfections can be considerable. The proper shape and scale of the imperfection are also important. It is also shown that there exists an optimal rise-to-span ratio resulting in a relatively high buckling capacity for a specific span. Moreover, the enlarging of the cross-section of steel beams notably improves the stability performance of the structure. However, the area and pre-stress of cables pose small effect on the structural stability.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1350006
JournalInternational Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Buckling
  • elasto-plasticity
  • grid shell
  • hybrid structure
  • imperfection
  • stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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