Eigenvalue analysis

Please note that Buckling is the load case used for Eigenvalue analysis.

Eigenvalue analysis predicts the theoretical buckling strength of a structure which is idealized as elastic. For a basic structural configuration, structural eigenvalues are computed from constraints and loading conditions. Buckling loads are then derived, each associated with a buckled mode shape which represents the shape a structure assumes under buckling. In a real structure, imperfections and nonlinear behavior keep the system from achieving this theoretical buckling strength, leading Eigenvalue analysis to over-predict buckling load. Therefore, we recommend Nonlinear buckling analysis.

Nonlinear buckling analysis

Please note that Static, Nonlinear with P-Delta and Large Displacements is the load case for Nonlinear buckling analysis.

Nonlinear buckling analysis provides greater accuracy than elastic formulation. Applied loading incrementally increases until a small change in load level causes a large change in displacement. This condition indicates that a structure has become unstable. Nonlinear buckling analysis is a static method which accounts for material and geometric nonlinearities (P-Δ and P-δ), load perturbations, geometric imperfections, and gaps. Either a small destabilizing load or an initial imperfection is necessary to initiate the solution of a desired buckling mode.

Important considerations


Figure 1 - Nonlinear buckling analysis of a column


Users may download the analytical model for this system through the P-Delta effect for fixed cantilever column test problem.

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