Analytical modeling of thin-walled box T-joints

  • Marur, Prabhakar R. (India Science Lab., General Motors R&D)
  • Received : 2008.07.28
  • Accepted : 2009.04.30
  • Published : 2009.06.20


A general analytical method for computing the joint stiffness from the sectional properties of the members that form the joint is derived using Vlasov's thin-walled beam theory. The analytical model of box T-joint under out-of-plane loading is investigated and validated using shell finite element results and experimental data. The analytical model of the T-joint is implemented in a beam finite element model using a revolute joint element. The out-of-plane displacement computed using the beam-joint model is compared with the corresponding shell element model. The results show close correlation between the beam revolute joint model and shell element model.


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