Local instability of columns with I-, Z-, channel, and rectangular-tube sections

Stowell, Elbridge Z Lundquist, Eugene E
naca-tn-743
December 1939


Charts are presented for the coefficients in the formulas for the critical compressive stress at which cross-sectional distortion begins in thin-wall columns of I-, Z-, channel, and rectangular-tube sections. 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 above 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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