Beams Subjected to a Follower Force within the Span

by Jack C. Wiley, Asst. Prof.; Dept. of Theoretical and Appl. Mech., Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL,
Richard E. Furkert, Grad. Asst.; Dept. of Theoretical and Appl. Mech., Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL,


Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 6, Pg. 1353-1364


Document Type: Journal Paper

Discussion: Stevens Karl K. (See full record)

Abstract: Some unusual instability effects are shown to occur in beams subjected to a tangential follower force within the span. Depending on the support and load placement conditions either no flutter occurs at all, or the flutter stability boundaries are determined by a series of progressively higher order flutter modes. The behavior of a demonstration model which approximates the system is in essential agreement with the theory.

Subject Headings: Aerodynamic flutter | Beams | Load factors | Domain boundary | Agreements and treaties

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