Expected Value of Ultimate Load Factor

by Alberto Castellani, Asst. Prof.; Inst. di Scienza e Tecnica della Costruzioni, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 2, Pg. 291-294

Document Type: Journal Paper


A structure having geometry, loads, and constraints as given characteristics is considered. To represent the stress and strain distribution the actual structure is conceived as an assemblage of elements interconnected at a number of discrete corner points. External forces and constraints are transferred to these points. Such finite element discretization is considered in the present note as extended both to elastic and ultimate load analysis.

Subject Headings: Ultimate loads | Load factors | Stress distribution | Stress strain relations | Finite element method | Elastic analysis | Geometrics | Structural members

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