An adaptable algorithm to predict the load shortening curves of stiffened panels in compression

Shen Li, Do Kyun Kim, Simon Benson

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An adaptable algorithm is proposed in this study, which can predict the complete load-shortening curve of a stiffened panel subjected to uniaxial longitudinal compression. The algorithm provides an extension to existing empirical formulae initially derived for predicting the ultimate compressive strength of stiffened panels. Based on observations from a series of nonlinear finite element analyses, the compressive load-shortening behaviour of stiffened panels is idealised with a linear pre-collapse response, an arc-shaped nonlinear ultimate collapse region and an asymptotic post-collapse decay. The algorithm allows direct modification of the elastic stiffness, ultimate strain, ultimate strength and post-collapse characteristics of the load shortening curve. This enables the load shortening curve to incorporate characteristics specific to the type of stiffened panel under analysis. The capability of the algorithm is demonstrated through an application with the simplified progressive collapse method to calculate the ultimate ship hull strength of four merchant ships and one naval vessel.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-139
Number of pages18
JournalShips and Offshore Structures
Issue numberS1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2021


  • ultimate strength
  • buckling
  • load-shortening curves
  • empirical forumlation
  • ships and offshore structure


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