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The effects of geometrical imperfections on the ultimate strength of aluminium stiffened plates subject to combined uniaxial compression and lateral pressure
Khedmati, Mohammad Reza []
Pedram, Masoud []
Rigo, Philippe mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département ArGEnCo > Constructions hydrauliques et navales >]
Ships and Offshore Structures
Taylor & Francis
Ships and Offshore Structures
Yes (verified by ORBi)
United Kingdom
[en] aluminium stiffened plate ; initial imperfection ; heat-affected zone ; finite element analysis ; ultimate strength
[en] The present study aims at determining the effects of the geometrical imperfections on the ultimate strength and load-carrying
capacity of aluminium stiffened plates under combined axial compression and lateral pressure. The finite element models
proposed by the Committee III.1 ‘Ultimate Strength’ of ISSC’2003 are used in the present investigation. Initial imperfections
as proposed by ISSC committee as well as those recommended by Ship Structure Committee are considered in the analyses.
Models are tested using non-linear finite element elastic–plastic analyses. Aluminium alloy AA6082-T6 is selected as the
material for the models. The studied models are triple-span panels stiffened by either extruded or non-extruded angle-bar
profiles. Different arrangements of heat-affected zone (HAZ) are considered. The main outcomes of this study show the need
for a subtle assessment of the real shapes of the initial deformations. The way they affect the ultimate strength of models is
clarified through finite element analyses.

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