Coexisting equilibria and stability of a shallow arch: Unilateral displacement-control experiments and theory


Journal Article

The equilibria and stability of a shallow prestressed arch (beam-column) are investigated theoretically and experimentally. The deflection of the arch is unilaterally constrained by a displacement-control device. Both snap-through and remote coexisting equilibria are observed. Force-deflection curves for primary and secondary equilibrium branches are measured for varying constraint locations. The effect of the constraint location on the critical condition at which stability is lost, resulting in a jump to a remote equilibrium, is investigated. Good agreement is attained between experimental data and theoretical results (based on minimization of the constrained strain energy and an inextensibility assumption).

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Harvey, PS; Virgin, LN

Published Date

  • June 23, 2014

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0020-7683

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2014.11.016


  • eng

Citation Source

  • Scopus