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Latin American Journal of Solids and Structures

versão impressa ISSN 1679-7817versão On-line ISSN 1679-7825

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GARCIA, Fernando Gonçalves  e  RAMOS JR., Roberto. A methodology to investigate the influence of the fillet radius on the buckling of integrally stiffened panels. Lat. Am. j. solids struct. [online]. 2019, vol.16, n.6, e207.  Epub 22-Jul-2019. ISSN 1679-7825.  https://doi.org/10.1590/1679-78255549.

The use of integrally stiffened panels (ISP's) in wings of small and medium-sized aircraft is frequent in aviation. These thin-walled structures are often subjected to compressive loads during their life-time and, although the finite element method has become an important tool for engineers to obtain the buckling load of structural members, some results based in charts published by NACA are still used in the preliminary stages of the wing design in many aircraft companies. However, these charts used for calculation of the critical compressive stress consider only idealized stiffened panels and neglect geometric details as the fillet radius used in the current design of ISP's. The objectives of this paper are twofold: (i) to show that the charts published by NACA provide good results for the critical buckling stresses for several geometries of ISP's, when compared to finite element results with proper boundary conditions, providing fillet radii are also neglected in the finite element models and (ii) to show that the values of the critical buckling stresses for local instability of ISP's may be significantly increased when one considers the effect of the fillet radius, meaning that this parameter should also be considered in the optimal design of such structures. Several numerical results obtained with finite element simulations based on different geometrical parameters of ISP's are presented in this study.

Palavras-chave : Integrally stiffened panels; buckling; fillet radius; finite element method; wing; aircraft structures.

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