Stability of Asymmetric Structures—Research Needs

by Peter F. Adams, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 11, Pg. 2271-2274

Document Type: Journal Paper


This paper attempts to summarize the research required so that the stability of an asymmetric structure may be assessed with the same degree of confidence as is now possible for a planar frame. The present knowledge of member behavior and diaphragm action is assessed and the additional requirements for asymmetric structures are outlined. The factors that should be included in the analyses of asymmetric structures are described and the translation of the results of these analyses to design is summarized.

Subject Headings: Asymmetry | Structural stability | Structural behavior | Professional societies | Frames | Diaphragms (structural)

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