Buckling analysis is important as buckling happens suddenly which can create catastrophic failure. Buckling analysis calculates the buckling load factor and associated mode shapes. The buckling load factor multiplied by the applied load gives the magnitude of the compressive load that can cause buckling.Mainly slender, thin-walled columns should undergo buckling analysis as they are the most susceptible to this mode of failure.This SimCafe Structural Course was developed by Dr. Rajesh Bhaskaran, Swanson Director of Engineering Simulation at Cornell University in partnership with Ansys, and was last modified by Sebastien Lachance-Barrett. It serves as an e-learning resource to integrate industry-standard simulation tools into courses and provides a resource for supplementary learning outside the classroom. In this tutorial, we will learn to analyze buckling on a simple column, to understand the boundary condition setup and results interpretation by following the end-to-end workflow in Ansys Structural.
For more ways to learn, check out the Cornell edX course, A Hands-on Introduction to Engineering Simulations at ansys.com/cornell.