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Table of Contents

- What is radius of gyration and slenderness ratio?
- What formula is slenderness ratio?
- What is a good slenderness ratio?
- How is buckling calculated?
- What is buckling factor?
- What causes buckling?
- How do you stop buckling?
- How do you calculate stress buckling?
- What is difference between bending and buckling?
- What is critical stress in buckling?
- What is beam buckling?
- How do you stop beam buckling?
- What does buckling mean?
- What is local buckling?
- What is distortional buckling?
- What is local and global buckling?
- What is flexural buckling?

Slenderness ratio is a measure of how long the column is compared to its cross-section’s effective width (resistance to bending or buckling). The slenderness ratio is the column’s length divided by the radius of gyration.

Euler’s formula is strictly applicable to long and slender columns, for which the buckling action predominates over the direct compression action and thus makes no allowance for compressive stress. The slenderness ratio is defined as the ratio of length l to the radius of gyration k, represented as l/k.

The larger the ratio, the less strength the column possesses. The AISC recommendation is a ratio less than or equal to 200.

The Euler column formula predicts the critical buckling load of a long column with pinned ends. The Euler formula is P cr = π 2 ⋅ E ⋅ I L 2 where E is the modulus of elasticity in (force/length2), I is the moment of inertia (length4), L is the length of the column.

The buckling load factor (BLF) is an indicator of the factor of safety against buckling or the ratio of the buckling loads to the currently applied loads. Since buckling often leads to bad or even catastrophic results, you should utilize a high factor of safety (FOS) for buckling loads.

When the applied load reaches the Euler load, sometimes called the critical load, the column comes to be in a state of unstable equilibrium. At that load, the introduction of the slightest lateral force will cause the column to fail by suddenly “jumping” to a new configuration, and the column is said to have buckled.

To prevent buckling during substrate penetration, the critical load (Fcritical) of a configuration should be higher than the penetration load (Fpenetration). That is, the buckling ratio of Fcritical to Fpenetration should be higher than 1 (equation (1)).

σ = (π2 x E)/[(l/r)2]. Young’s modulus (elasticity) of the column material E in Pa, unsupported length of column l in m & least radius of the column r in m are the key terms of this calculation. F/A is the allowable stress of the column & (l/r) is the slenderness ratio.

Bending is form of stress when a load is applied perpendicular to the long axis of a beam/column. The load causes the beam/column to bend hence the name. Buckling is a form of failure when the beam or column is subjected to a load which exceeds it’s tensile strength parallel to its long axis.

The critical load is the greatest load that will not cause lateral deflection (buckling). For loads greater than the critical load, the column will deflect laterally. The critical load puts the column in a state of unstable equilibrium. A load beyond the critical load causes the column to fail by buckling.

Buckling is the event where a beam spontaneously bends from straight to curved under a compressive load. The model describes the deflection of the beam with respect to the straight line between the ends of the beam.

The best way to prevent this type of buckling from occurring is to restrain the flange under compression, which prevents it from rotating along its axis. Some beams have restraints such as walls or braced elements periodically along their lengths, as well as on the ends.

Buckling happens when a force presses on a slender structure and makes it collapse. Too great a load on the columns can cause buckling. A slender strut under the action of an axial load will fail by buckling. Buckling happens when a force presses on a slender structure and makes it collapse.

If individual parts or plate elements buckle, without overall buckling of the member, this is known as local buckling or local instability. Width/thickness ratio of each part gives the slenderness ratio of the element. This ratio controls local instability.

Distortional buckling, also known as “stiffener buckling” or “local-torsional buckling”, is a mode characterized by rotation of the flange at the flange/web junction in members with edge stiffened elements. Distortional buckling may be directly studied by finite strip analysis.

Global buckling is classical Euler buckling. Local buckling is the buckling of an unstable portion of a cross-section. You could call it cross-section buckling. For example, it would be the buckling of a column flange or a column web, but it’s typically not both at the same time.

Flexural buckling occurs about the axis with the largest slenderness ratio, and the smallest radius of gyration. This type of buckling only occurs in compression members that have unsymmetrical cross-section with one axis of symmetry. Flexural-torsional buckling is the simultaneous bending and twisting of a member.