Elastic-plastic analysis of complete building structures

  • Yusuf H. Önen

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


In this Thesis, details of a proposed method for the elastic-plastic failure load analysis of complete building structures are given. In order to handle the problem, a computer programme in Atlas Autocode is produced. The structures consist of a number of parallel shear walls and intermediate frames
connected by floor slabs. The results of an experimental investigation are given to verify the theoretical results and to demonstrate various factors that may influence the behaviour of these structures. Large full scale practical structures are also analysed by the proposed method and suggestions are made for
achieving design economy as well as for extending research in various aspects of this field.
The existing programme for elastic-plastic analysis of large frames is modified to allow for the effect of composite action of structural members, i.e. reinforced concrete floor slabs and the supporting steel beams. This modified programme
is used to analyse some framed type structures with composite action as well as those which incorporate plates and shear walls. The results obtained are studied to ascertain the influence of composite action and other factors on the load carrying capacity of both bare frames and complete building structures.
The theoretical failure load presented in this thesis does not predict the overall failure load of the structure nor does it predict the partial failure load of the shear walls and slabs but it merely predicts the partial failure load of a single frame and assumes that the loss of stiffess of such a frame renders the overall structure unusable.
For most structures the analysis proposed in this thesis is likely to break down prematurely due to the failure of the slab and shear wall system and this factor must be taken into account in any future work on such structures.
The experimental work reported in this thesis is acknowledged to be
unsatisfactory as a verification of the limited theory proposed. In particular
perspex was not found to be a suitable material for testing at high loads,
micro-concrete may be more suitable.
Date of AwardOct 1973
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorK.I. Majid (Supervisor)


  • Elastic-plastic analysis
  • building structures

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