Stiffened panel stability behaviour and performance gains with plate prismatic sub-stiffening

Damian Quinn, A. Murphy, W. McEwan, F. Lemaitre

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To increase the structural efficiency of integrally machined aluminium alloy stiffened panels, it is plausible to introduce plate sub-stiffening to increase the local stability and thus panel static strength performance. Reported herein is the experimental validation of prismatic sub-stiffening, and the computational verification of such concepts within larger recurring structure. The experimental work demonstrates the potential to 'control' plate buckling modes. For the tested sub-stiffening design, an initial plate buckling performance gain of +89% over an equivalent mass design was measured. The numerical simulations, modelling the tested sub-stiffening design, demonstrate equivalent behaviour and performance gains (+66%) within larger structures consisting of recurring panels. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1457-1468
Number of pages12
JournalThin-Walled Structures
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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