Evaluation of first peak stress in axial collapse of circular cylindrical shell

Kuniharu Ushijima, Shigeyuki Haruyama, Dai Heng Chen

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In this paper, the elastoplastic nonlinear behavior of circular tubes subjected to statical axial compression is studied by using finite element method. In order to estimate the performance of compressive energy absorbtion for circular tubes, the effects of material and geometrical properties on first peak compressive stress δ1 are investigated. From this study, it is found that the peak stress δ1 can be expressed as δ1/E ≃ f(t/R, (∂δ/∂ε)δ= δ1/E), regardless of the stress-strain formulations. Here, t is the thickness, R is the radius of a tube, E is Young' s modulus and (∂δ/∂ε)δ=δ1 is the stress gradient at δ = δ1. Based on this fact, one can estimate the stress δ1 for the power law hardening material from the results of δ1 for the material with the strain-hardening portion of stress-strain curve being a straight line.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1695-1702
Number of pages8
JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, A Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part A
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2004



  • Axial Collapse
  • Buckling
  • Circular Tubes
  • FEM
  • Finite Deformation Theory
  • Plasticity

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