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Title: A Fourier‐series numerical approach for the analysis of tubular members

This paper provides an efficient and robust numerical solution for the linear buckling analysis of tubular members, such as the supporting tower structures of wind turbines. The method uses Fourier‐series approximations for the displacement functions. Longitudinal discretization can optionally be applied, i.e., the member can be divided into segments. The strain‐displacement relationship directly considers the curved geometry. The implementation allows for arbitrary support conditions. Four pure loading situations are considered, uniform – in each segment – along the length: normal force, bending moment, torque, and shear force; however, they can arbitrarily be combined, as is commonly occurring in wind turbine towers. The applied methodology results in a computational advantage compared to the shell finite element method, while still maintaining much more generality and applicability compared with common analytical solutions. Furthermore, the method is supplemented with features, as spectral analysis and buckling length calculation.

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Wiley Blackwell (John Wiley & Sons)
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Medium: X Size: p. 1139-1144
p. 1139-1144
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National Science Foundation
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