Comparison of Eigenmode-Based and random field-based imperfection modeling for the stochastic buckling analysis of I-Section Beam-Columns

A. Stavrev, D. Stefanov, D. Schillinger, E. Rank

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The uncertainty of geometric imperfections in a series of nominally equal I-beams leads to a variability of corresponding buckling loads. Its analysis requires a stochastic imperfection model, which can be derived either by the simple variation of the critical eigenmode with a scalar random variable, or with the help of the more advanced theory of random fields. The present paper first provides a concise review of the two different modeling approaches, covering theoretical background, assumptions and calibration, and illustrates their integration into commercial finite element software to conduct stochastic buckling analyses with the Monte-Carlo method. The stochastic buckling behavior of an example beam is then simulated with both stochastic models, calibrated from corresponding imperfection measurements. The simulation results show that for different load cases, the response statistics of the buckling load obtained with the eigenmode-based and the random field-based models agree very well. A comparison of our simulation results with corresponding Eurocode 3 limit loads indicates that the design standard is very conservative for compression dominated load cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1350021
JournalInternational Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This publication is based on work supported by Award No. UK-c0020, made by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Furthermore, the authors acknowledge support from the Munich Center of Advanced Computing (MAC) and the International Graduate School of Science and Engineering (IGSSE) of the Technische Universitt Mnchen. Extensive research reports related to buckling experiments in I-sections have been kindly provided by Prof. Kim Rasmussen from the University of Sydney and Dr. Andreas Lechner from the Technical University of Graz. Their assistance is also gratefully acknowledged.


  • Finite element analysis
  • I-section beam-columns
  • Random field-based imperfection modeling
  • eigenmode-based imperfection modeling
  • stochastic buckling analysis


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