Local instability of centrally loaded columns of channel section and Z-section

Lundquist, Eugene E
August 1939

Charts are presented for the coefficients in formulas for the critical compressive stress at which cross-sectional distortion begins in a thin-wall member with either a channel section or a Z-section with identical flanges. The energy method of Timoshenko was used in the theoretical calculations required for the construction of the charts. The deflection equations were carefully selected to give good accuracy. The calculation of the critical compressive stress at stresses beyond the elastic range is briefly discussed. In order to demonstrate the use of the formulas and the charts in engineering calculations, two illustrative problems are included.

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