# Structural Analysis III

Dr. C. Caprani 1

Plastic Analysis
3rd Year
Structural Engineering

2010/11

Dr. Colin Caprani
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Contents
1. Introduction ......................................................................................................... 4
1.1 Background ....................................................................................................... 4
2. Basis of Plastic Design ......................................................................................... 5
2.1 Material Behaviour ........................................................................................... 5
2.2 Cross Section Behaviour ................................................................................... 7
2.3 Plastic Hinge Formation ................................................................................. 24
3. Methods of Plastic Analysis .............................................................................. 28
3.1 Introduction ..................................................................................................... 28
3.2 Incremental Analysis ...................................................................................... 29
3.3 Important Definitions ...................................................................................... 36
3.4 Equilibrium Method ........................................................................................ 38
3.5 Kinematic Method Using Virtual Work ......................................................... 42
3.6 Types of Plastic Collapse ................................................................................ 47
4. Theorems of Plastic Analysis ............................................................................ 48
4.1 Criteria ............................................................................................................ 48
4.2 The Upperbound (Unsafe) Theorem ............................................................... 49
4.3 The Lowerbound (Safe) Theorem .................................................................. 50
4.4 The Uniqueness Theorem ............................................................................... 51
4.5 Corollaries of the Theorems ........................................................................... 52
4.6 Application of the Theorems .......................................................................... 53
4.7 Plastic Design ................................................................................................. 58
4.8 Summary of Important Points ......................................................................... 61
5. Plastic Analysis of Beams.................................................................................. 62
5.1 Example 1 – Fixed-Fixed Beam with Point Load .......................................... 62
5.2 Example 2 – Propped Cantilever with Two Point Loads ............................... 65
5.3 Example 3 – Propped Cantilever under UDL ................................................. 71
5.4 Continuous Beams .......................................................................................... 76
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5.5 Example 4 – Continuous Beam ...................................................................... 80
5.6 Problems ......................................................................................................... 85
6. Plastic Analysis of Frames ................................................................................ 87
6.1 Additional Aspects for Frames ....................................................................... 87
6.2 Example 5 –Simple Portal Frame ................................................................... 90
6.3 Example 6 –Portal Frame with Multiple Loads ............................................. 96
6.4 Example 7 – Portal Frame with Crane Loads, Summer 1997 ...................... 104
6.5 Example 8 – Oblique Frame, Sumer 1999 ................................................... 108
6.6 Problems ....................................................................................................... 120
7. Past Exam Questions ....................................................................................... 121
7.1 Sumer 2000 ................................................................................................... 121
7.2 Summer 2001 ................................................................................................ 122
7.3 Summer 2004 ................................................................................................ 123
7.4 Summer 2005 ................................................................................................ 124
7.5 Summer 2007 ................................................................................................ 125
7.6 Semester 2 2008 ............................................................................................ 126
7.7 Semester 2 2009 ............................................................................................ 127
7.8 Semester 2 2010 ............................................................................................ 128
8. References ........................................................................................................ 129

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1. Introduction
1.1 Background
Up to now we have concentrated on the elastic analysis of structures. In these
analyses we used superposition often, knowing that for a linearly elastic structure it
was valid. However, an elastic analysis does not give information about the loads that
will actually collapse a structure. An indeterminate structure may sustain loads
greater than the load that first causes a yield to occur at any point in the structure. In
fact, a structure will stand as long as it is able to find redundancies to yield. It is only
when a structure has exhausted all of its redundancies will extra load causes it to fail.
Plastic analysis is the method through which the actual failure load of a structure is
calculated, and as will be seen, this failure load can be significantly greater than the

To summarize this, Prof. Sean de Courcy (UCD) used to say:

“a structure only collapses when it has exhausted all means of standing”.

Before analysing complete structures, we review material and cross section behaviour
beyond the elastic limit.
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2. Basis of Plastic Design
2.1 Material Behaviour
A uniaxial tensile stress on a ductile material such as mild steel typically provides the
following graph of stress versus strain:

As can be seen, the material can sustain strains far in excess of the strain at which
yield occurs before failure. This property of the material is called its ductility.

Though complex models do exist to accurately reflect the above real behaviour of the
material, the most common, and simplest, model is the idealised stress-strain curve.
This is the curve for an ideal elastic-plastic material (which doesn’t exist), and the
graph is:

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As can be seen, once the yield has been reached it is taken that an indefinite amount
of strain can occur. Since so much post-yield strain is modelled, the actual material
(or cross section) must also be capable of allowing such strains. That is, it must be
sufficiently ductile for the idealised stress-strain curve to be valid.

Next we consider the behaviour of a cross section of an ideal elastic-plastic material
subject to bending. In doing so, we seek the relationship between applied moment
and the rotation (or more accurately, the curvature) of a cross section.

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2.2 Cross Section Behaviour
Moment-Rotation Characteristics of General Cross Section
We consider an arbitrary cross-section with a vertical plane of symmetry, which is
also the plane of loading. We consider the cross section subject to an increasing
bending moment, and assess the stresses at each stage.

Cross-Section and Stresses

Moment-Rotation Curve

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Stage 1 – Elastic Behaviour
The applied moment causes stresses over the cross-section that are all less than the
yield stress of the material.

Stage 2 – Yield Moment
The applied moment is just sufficient that the yield stress of the material is reached at
the outermost fibre(s) of the cross-section. All other stresses in the cross section are
less than the yield stress. This is limit of applicability of an elastic analysis and of
elastic design. Since all fibres are elastic, the ratio of the depth of the elastic to plastic
regions, 1.0 o = .

Stage 3 – Elasto-Plastic Bending
The moment applied to the cross section has been increased beyond the yield
moment. Since by the idealised stress-strain curve the material cannot sustain a stress
greater than yield stress, the fibres at the yield stress have progressed inwards
towards the centre of the beam. Thus over the cross section there is an elastic core
and a plastic region. The ratio of the depth of the elastic core to the plastic region is
1.0 0 o < < . Since extra moment is being applied and no stress is bigger than the yield
stress, extra rotation of the section occurs: the moment-rotation curve losses its
linearity and curves, giving more rotation per unit moment (i.e. looses stiffness).

Stage 4 – Plastic Bending
The applied moment to the cross section is such that all fibres in the cross section are
at yield stress. This is termed the Plastic Moment Capacity of the section since there
are no fibres at an elastic stress, 0 o = . Also note that the full plastic moment requires
an infinite strain at the neutral axis and so is physically impossible to achieve.
However, it is closely approximated in practice. Any attempt at increasing the
moment at this point simply results in more rotation, once the cross-section has
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sufficient ductility. Therefore in steel members the cross section classification must
be plastic and in concrete members the section must be under-reinforced.

Stage 5 – Strain Hardening
Due to strain hardening of the material, a small amount of extra moment can be
sustained.

The above moment-rotation curve represents the behaviour of a cross section of a
regular elastic-plastic material. However, it is usually further simplified as follows:

With this idealised moment-rotation curve, the cross section linearly sustains moment
up to the plastic moment capacity of the section and then yields in rotation an
indeterminate amount. Again, to use this idealisation, the actual section must be
capable of sustaining large rotations – that is it must be ductile.

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Plastic Hinge
Note that once the plastic moment capacity is reached, the section can rotate freely –
that is, it behaves like a hinge, except with moment of
P
M at the hinge. This is
termed a plastic hinge, and is the basis for plastic analysis. At the plastic hinge
stresses remain constant, but strains and hence rotations can increase.
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Analysis of Rectangular Cross Section
Since we now know that a cross section can sustain more load than just the yield
moment, we are interested in how much more. In other words we want to find the
yield moment and plastic moment, and we do so for a rectangular section. Taking the
stress diagrams from those of the moment-rotation curve examined previously, we
have:

Elastic Moment
From the diagram:

2
3
Y
M C d = ×

But, the force (or the volume of the stress block) is:

1
2 2
Y
d
C T b o = =

Hence:

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2
1 2
2 2 3
6
Y Y
Y
Y
d
M b d
bd
Z
o
o
o
| || |
=
| |
\ .\ .
= ·
= ·

The term
2
6 bd is thus a property of the cross section called the elastic section
modulus and it is termed Z.

Elasto-Plastic Moment
The moment in the section is made up of plastic and elastic components:

' '
EP E P
M M M = +

The elastic component is the same as previous, but for the reduced depth, d o instead
of the overall depth, d:

'
2
2
1 2
2 2 3
6
E Y
Y
d d
M
bd
o o
o
o o
| || |
=
| |
\ .\ .
= · ·

The plastic component is:

'
P P
M C s = ·

The lever arm, s, is:

p
s d h o = +
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But

( )
1
2 2
p
d d d
h
o
o
÷
= = ÷

Thus,

( )
2 2
1
2
d d
s d
d
o
o
o
= + ÷
= +

The force is:

( )
1
2
P Y p
Y
C h b
d
b
o
o o
=
= ÷

Hence,

( ) ( )
( )
'
2
2
1 1
2 2
1
4
P Y
Y
d d
M b
bd
o o o
o o
( (
= ÷ · +
( (
¸ ¸ ¸ ¸
= ÷

And so the total elasto-plastic moment is:

( )
( )
2 2
2 2
2
2
1
6 4
3
6 2
EP Y Y
Y
bd bd
M
bd
o o o o
o
o
= · · + ÷
÷
= ·

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Plastic Moment
From the stress diagram:

2
P
d
M C = ×

And the force is:

2
Y
d
C T b o = =

Hence:

2
2 2
4
P Y
Y
Y
bd d
M
bd
S
o
o
o
| || |
=
| |
\ .\ .
= ·
= ·

The term
2
4 bd is a property of the cross section called the plastic section modulus,
termed S.

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Shape Factor
Thus the ratio of elastic to plastic moment capacity is:

P Y
Y Y
M S S
M Z Z
o
o
·
= =
·

This ration is termed the shape factor, f, and is a property of a cross section alone.
For a rectangular cross-section, we have:

2
2
4
1.5
6
S bd
f
Z bd
= = =

And so a rectangular section can sustain 50% more moment than the yield moment,
before a plastic hinge is formed. Therefore the shape factor is a good measure of the
efficiency of a cross section in bending. Shape factors for some other cross sections
are:

Rectangle: 1.5 f = , as above;

Circle: 1.698 f = ;

Diamond: 2.0 f = ;

Steel I-beam: f is between 1.12 and 1.15.

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Moment Rotation Curve of a Rectangular Section
It is of interest to examine the moment-rotation curve as the moment approaches the
plastic moment capacity of the section. We begin by recalling the relationship
between strain, c , and distance from the neutral axis, y:

y c k =

This is a direct consequence of the assumption that plane sections remain plane and is
independent of any constitutive law (e.g. linear elasticity). We next identify the yield
strain (that corresponds to the yield stress,
y
o ) as
y
c . The curvature that occurs at the
yield moment is therefore:

( )
2
2
Y Y
Y
d d
c c
k = =

For moments applied beyond the yield moment, the curvature can be found by noting
that the yield strain,
y
c , occurs at a distance from the neutral axis of 2 d o , giving:

( )
2
2
Y Y
d d
c c
k
o o
= =

Thus, the ratio curvature to yield curvature is:

2 1
2
Y
Y Y
d
d
k c o
k c o
= =

From which
Y
o k k = .

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Also, the ratio of elasto-plastic moment to yield moment is:

( )
( )
2
2
2
2
3
3
6 2
2
6
Y
Y
Y
bd
M
bd
M
o
o
o
o
÷
·
÷
= =

If we now substitute the value
Y
o k k = we find:

2
1
3
2
Y
Y
M
M
k
k
(
| |
= ÷
(
|
\ .
¸ ¸

And so finally we have:

2
1.5 0.5
Y Y
M
M
k
k
÷
| |
= ÷
|
\ .

Plotting this gives:

0
0.25
0.5
0.75
1
1.25
1.5
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
k/k
Y
M
/
M
Y

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There are some important observations to be made from this graph:
- To reach the plastic moment capacity of the section requires large curvatures. Thus
the section must be ductile.
- The full cross-section plasticity associated with the plastic moment capacity of a
section can only be reached at infinite curvature (or infinite strain). Since this is
impossible, we realise that the full plastic moment capacity is unobtainable.

To demonstrate this last point, that the idea of the plastic moment capacity of section
is still useful, we examine it further. Firstly we note that strain hardening in mild steel
begins to occur at a strain of about 10
Y
c . At this strain, the corresponding moment
ratio is:

( )
2
1.5 0.5 10 1.495
Y
M
M
÷
= ÷ =

Since this is about 99.7% of the plastic moment capacity, we see that the plastic
moment capacity of a section is a good approximation of the section’s capacity.

These calculations are based on a ductility ratio of 10. This is about the level of
ductility a section requires to be of use in any plastic collapse analysis.

Lastly, for other cross-section shapes we have the moment-curvature relations shown
in the following figure.

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Y
M M

f = 2.0
f = 1.7
f = 1.5
f = 1.27

Ideal I-Section (f ~ 1.0)
Typical I-Section (f ~ 1.14)
Y
k k

(Adapted from Bruneau et al (1998))

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Effect of Axial Force on the Plastic Moment Capacity
Thus far the cross sections considered are only carrying moment. In the presence of
axial force, clearly some material must be given over to carry the axial force and so is
not available to carry moment, reducing the capacity of the section. Further, it should
be apparent that the moment capacity of the section therefore depends on the amount

Considering a compression load as positive, more of the section will be in
compression and so the neutral axis will drop. If we consider the moment and axial
force separately, we have:

This is more easily analyzed if we consider decompose the stress diagram into an
equivalent bending component and a fictitious axial stress of 2
Y
o as shown below:

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The axial force corresponding to this state is:

( )
2
Y
P b d o | =

If we label the plastic ‘squash load’ of the section as:

C Y
P bd o =

Then we have:

2
C
P P | =

Next, the collapse moment that this section offers,
PC
M , is got by taking moments

1
2
PC P
M M P d |
| |
= ÷
|
\ .

Using,
2
4
P Y
bd
M o = and the expression for P above:

( )
2
2
2
1
2
4 2
1 4
4
PC Y Y
Y
bd
M b d d
bd
o o | |
o |
(
| |
= ÷ (
| ( ¸ ¸
\ .
¸ ¸
| |
( = ÷
|
¸ ¸
\ .

Giving,

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( )
2
1 4
PC P
M M | = ÷

Noting that 2
C
P P | = from earlier, we now have:

( )
2
2
1 2 1
PC
P C
M P
M P
|
| |
= ÷ = ÷
|
\ .

Thus the interaction equation is:

2
1
PC
P C
M P
M P
| | | |
+ =
| |
\ . \ .

Plotting this shows the yield surface (which can be shown is always convex):

0
0.2
0.4
0.6
0.8
1
0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1
M
PC
/M
P
P
/
P
C
Rectangular Section
I-Section

Also shown in this plot is an approximate interaction line for I-sections, given by:

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0.15: 1.18 1
0.15: 1.0
PC
C P C
PC
C P
P M P
P M P
P M
P M
| |
> = ÷
|
\ .
s =

This says that for I-sections with an axial load of less than 15% of the squash load,
the full plastic moment capacity may be still considered. This is because the web
carries the axial load whilst contributing little to the moment capacity of the section.

Shear force can also reduce the plastic moment capacity of a section in some cases. In
the presence of axial and shear, a three dimensional failure surface is required.
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2.3 Plastic Hinge Formation
Simply-Supported Beam
We investigate the collapse of a simply supported beam under central point load with
the information we now have.

The bending moment at the centre of the beam is given by:

4
C
PL
M =
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Therefore the load at which yield first occurs is:

4
4
Y
C Y
Y
Y
P L
M M
M
P
L
= =
=

Collapse of this beam occurs when the plastic hinge forms at the centre of the beam,
since the extra hinge turns the statically determinate beam into a mechanism. The
collapse load occurs when the moment at the centre reaches the plastic moment
capacity:

4
4
P
C P
P
P
P L
M M
M
P
L
= =
=

The ratio collapse to yield load is:

4
4
P P P
Y Y Y
P M L M
P M L M
= =

But since,

P
Y
M S
f
M Z
= =

The ratio is just the shape factor of the section. This is a general result: the ratio of
collapse load to first yield load is the shape factor of the member, for statically
determinate prismatic structures.
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Shape of the Plastic Hinge
We are also interested in the plastic hinge, and the zone of elasto-plastic bending. As
can be seen from the diagram, the plastic material zones extend from the centre out to
the point where the moment equals the yield moment.

Using similar triangles from the bending moment diagram at collapse, we see that:

2
P P Y P EP
p
M M M M M
L l z
÷ ÷
= =

In which
EP
M is the elasto-plastic moment at a distance z from the plastic hinge, and
where
2
p
l
z s , where
p
l is the total length of the plastic region.

Equating the first two equations gives:

( )
1
1 1
Y
p P Y
P P
L M
l M M L L
M M f
| | | |
= ÷ = ÷ = ÷
| |
\ . \ .

And so for a beam with a rectangular cross section ( 1.5 f = ) the plastic hinge extends
for a length:

1
1
1.5 3
p
L
l L
| |
= ÷ =
|
\ .

Lastly, the shape of the hinge follows from the first and third equation:

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( )
2
1
2
1
1
2
P P EP
P EP
P
EP
P
M M M
L z
z
M M
L M
z M
L M
÷
=
= ÷
| |
= ÷
|
\ .

From our expressions for the elasto-plastic and plastic moments, we have:

( )( )( )
( )
( )
2 2
2
2
2
6 1 2 3
1
1
2 4
1 2 1
1 3
2 3 2
6
Y
Y
bd
z
L bd
z
L
o o
o
o
o
| |
÷
= ÷
|
|
\ .
| |
= ÷ · · ÷
|
\ .
=

This shows that the plastic region has a parabolic profile, and confirms that the total
length of the hinge, 2
p
l z = , is 3 L at the location where 1.0 o = .

Using a similar form of analysis, we can show that under a UDL the plastic hinge has
a linear profile given by 2 3 z L o = and that its length is 3 L .

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3. Methods of Plastic Analysis
3.1 Introduction
There are three main approaches for performing a plastic analysis:

The Incremental Method
This is probably the most obvious approach: the loads on the structure are
incremented until the first plastic hinge forms. This continues until sufficient hinges
have formed to collapse the structure. This is a labour-intensive, ‘brute-force’,
approach, but one that is most readily suited for computer implementation.

The Equilibrium (or Statical) Method
In this method, free and reactant bending moment diagrams are drawn. These
diagrams are overlaid to identify the likely locations of plastic hinges. This method
therefore satisfies the equilibrium criterion first leaving the two remaining criterion to
derived therefrom.

The Kinematic (or Mechanism) Method
In this method, a collapse mechanism is first postulated. Virtual work equations are
then written for this collapse state, allowing the calculations of the collapse bending
moment diagram. This method satisfies the mechanism condition first, leaving the
remaining two criteria to be derived therefrom.

We will concentrate mainly on the Kinematic Method, but introduce now the
Incremental Method to illustrate the main concepts.

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3.2 Incremental Analysis
Illustrative Example – Propped Cantilever
We now assess the behaviour of a simple statically indeterminate structure under

From previous analyses we know that:

3 5
16 32
A C
PL PL
M M = =

We will take the span to be 1 m L = and the cross section to have the following
capacities:

7.5 kNm 9.0 kNm
Y P
M M = =

Further, we want this beam to be safe at a working load of 32 kN, so we start there.

We will also look at the deflections for better understanding of the behaviour. To do
this, we will take
2
10 kNm EI = .

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At this value of load the BMD is as shown, with:

( )( ) ( )( )
3 32 1 5 32 1
6kNm 5 kNm
16 32
A C
M M = = = =

Since the peak moments are less than the yield moments, we know that yield stress
has not been reached at any point in the beam. Also, the maximum moment occurs at
A and so this point will first reach the yield moment.

The corresponding deflection under the point load is:

( )( )
( )
3
3
7 32 1
7
29.17 mm
768 768 10
C
PL
EI
o = = =

The rotation at A is, of course, zero.

The load factor before yielding occurs, based on the maximum moment (at A) and the
yield moment is 7.5/6 = 1.25. Thus a load of 1.25 × 32 = 40 kN will cause yielding.
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At this load the BDM becomes that as shown. The moment at A has now reached the
yield moment and so the outer fibres at A are at yield stress.

The deflection is:

( )( )
( )
3
7 40 1
36.45 mm
768 10
C
o = =

Which is the same as the load factor 1.25 × 29.17 mm of course. This applies because
the beam is linearly elastic to this point. The rotation at A is still zero.

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The BMD is as shown. The moment at A is now 9 kNm – the plastic moment
capacity of the section – and so the cross section at A has fully yielded. Thus a plastic
hinge has formed at A and so no extra moment can be taken at A, but A can rotate
freely with constant moment of 9 kNm. Also, the moment at C has reached the yield
moment. Note that the structure does not collapse since there are not sufficient hinges
for it to be a mechanism yet: it now acts like a simply-supported beam with a pin at A
(the plastic hinge) and B (the pin support).

On the assumption of an idealised moment-rotation curve, the deflection is now:

( )( )
( )
3
7 48 1
43.75 mm
768 10
C
o = =

And the rotation at A is till zero (although it is free to rotate beyond this point).

Note that the assumption of an idealised bilinear moment-rotation curve means that
the actual deflection will be greater as some rotation will occur – see Moment
Rotation Curve of a Rectangular Section on page 16 for example.
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Since the moment at A has already reached the plastic moment of the section, no
extra moment can be taken there and
A
M must remain 9 kNm whilst allowing
rotation to freely occur. Therefore, all of the extra moment caused by the increase in
load of 54 48 6 kN ÷ = must be taken by the structure as if it were a simply-supported
beam. That is, a beam free to rotate at both ends. The extra moment at C is thus
4 6 1 4 1.5 kNm PL = · = bring the total moment at C to 9 kNm – the plastic moment
capacity of the section. Therefore a plastic hinge forms at C and the structure is not
capable of sustaining anymore load – becomes a mechanism – and so collapse
ensues.

The deflection is now comprised of two parts: the propped cantilever deflection of
1.05 mm, and the simply-supported beam deflection due to the extra load of 54 – 48
= 6 kN. Similarly the rotation at A now comes from the additional 6 kN load only:

( )( )
( )
( )( )
( )
3 2
2
6 1 6 1
48 10 16 16 10
C A
PL
EI
o u = + = = =

This behaviour is summarized in the following diagram:

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Since there are now two plastic hinges, the structure cannot sustain any more load
and thus collapses at 54 kN.

The load-deflection graph of the results shows the formation of the first hinge, as the
slope of the line changes (i.e. the structure becomes less stiff):

0, 0
29.17, 32
36.45, 40
43.75, 48
56.25, 54
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
0 10 20 30 40 50 60
L
o
a
d

(
k
N
)
Deflection at C Rotation at A

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Discussion
There are several things to note from this analysis:
1. The actual load carried by the beam is 54 kN, greater than the load at which yield
first occurs, 40 kN, the elastic limit. This difference of 35% represents the extra
capacity of the structure over the elastic capacity, so to ignore it would be very
inefficient.
2. At the end of the analysis 9 kNm
A C
M M = = and so 1
A C
M M = . Since for an
elastic analysis
( ) ( )
3 16 5 32 1.2
A C
M M PL PL = = , it is evident that our analysis
is not an elastic analysis and so is a plastic analysis.
3. The height of the free bending moment diagram was 4 PL throughout, as
required by equilibrium – only the height of the reactant bending moment diagram
varied. This is the basis of the Equilibrium Method.
4. At the point of collapse we had 4 reactions and 2 plastic hinges giving a statical
indeterminacy of 3 4 2 3 1 R C ÷ ÷ = ÷ ÷ = ÷ which is a mechanism and so collapse
occurs.
5. The load can only increase from 48 kN to 54 kN once the cross section at A has
sufficient ductility to allow it rotate thereby allowing the extra load to be taken at
C. If there was not sufficient ductility there may have a brittle-type catastrophic
failure at A resulting in the beam failing by rotating about B before the full plastic
capacity of the structure is realized. Therefore it is only by having sufficient
ductility that a plastic analysis can be used.

Some of these points are general for any plastic analysis and these generalities are
known as the Theorems of Plastic Analysis. However, before looking at these
theorems we need a simpler way of analysing for the collapse of structures: the
Incremental Method just used clearly works, but is very laborious.
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3.3 Important Definitions
The load factor for a possible collapse mechanism i, denoted
i
ì , is of prime
importance in plastic analysis:

i
i
ì =

The working load is the load which the structure is expected to carry in the course of

C
ì , is the load factor at which the structure will actually fail.
It is therefore the minimum of the load factors for the
m
n different possible collapse
mechanisms:

m
1
min
C i
i n
ì ì
s s
=

In our previous analysis the working load was 32 kN and the collapse load for the
single mechanism was found to be 54 kN. Hence:

54
1.6875
32
C
ì = =

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Factor of Safety
This is defined as:

FoS
=

The FoS is an elastic analysis measure of the safety of a design. For our example:

40
FoS 1.25
32
= =

Prior to the limit-state approach, codes of practice were based on this definition of
safety.

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3.4 Equilibrium Method
Introduction
To perform this analysis we generally follow the following steps:
1. Find a primary structure by removing redundants until the structure is statically
determinate;
2. Draw the primary(or free) bending moment diagram;
3. Draw the reactant BMD for each redundant, as applied to the primary structure;
4. Construct a composite BMD by combing the primary and reactant BMDs;
5. Determine the equilibrium equations from the composite BMD;
6. Choose the points where plastic hinges are likely to form and introduce into the
equilibrium equations;
7. Calculate the collapse load factor, or plastic moment capacity as required.

For different possible collapse mechanisms, repeat steps 6 and 7, varying the hinge
locations.

We now apply this method to the Illustrative Example previously analyzed.

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Illustrative Example – Continued
Steps 1 to 3 of the Equilibrium Method are illustrated in the following diagram:

For Step 4, in constructing the Composite BMD, we arbitrarily choose tension on the
underside of the beam as positive. By convention in the Equilibrium Method, instead
of drawing the two BMDs on opposite sides (as is actually the case), the reactant
BMD is drawn ‘flipped’ over the line and subtracted from the primary BMD: the net
remaining area is the final BMD. This is best explained by illustration below:

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As may be seen from the composite diagram,
A
M , can actually have any value (for
example, if a rotational spring support existed at A), once overall equilibrium of the
structure is maintained through the primary (or free) BMD ordinate of 4 PL .

For Step 5, from the diagram, the equilibrium equation is:

4 2
A
C
PL M
M = ÷

For Step 6, we recognize that there are two hinges required to collapse the structure
and identify the peak moments from the diagram as being at A and C. Thus these are
the likely hinge locations. Setting
A C P
M M M = = in the equilibrium equation gives:

4 2
P
P
PL M
M = ÷

This is equivalent to drawing the following diagram:

For Step 7, we solve this equation for the collapse load:
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3
2 4
6
P
P
PL
M
M
P
L
=
=

For our particular example, 1 m L = , 9 kNm
P
M = , and 32 P ì = . Thus:

( )
6 9
32
1
ì =

And so the collapse load factor is:

1.6875
C
ì =

Which is the same as the results previously found.

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3.5 Kinematic Method Using Virtual Work
Introduction
Probably the easiest way to carry out a plastic analysis is through the Kinematic
Method using virtual work. To do this we allow the presumed shape at collapse to be
moments to be the equilibrium set. We can then equate external and internal virtual
work, and solve for the collapse load factor for that supposed mechanism.

Remember:
- Equilibrium set: the internal bending moments at collapse;
- Compatible set: the virtual collapsed configuration (see below).

Note that in the actual collapse configuration the members will have elastic
deformation in between the plastic hinges. However, since a virtual displacement
does not have to be real, only compatible, we will choose to ignore the elastic
deformations between plastic hinges, and take the members to be straight between
them.

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Illustrative Example – Continued
Actual Collapse Mechanism
So for our previous beam, we know that we require two hinges for collapse (one
more than its degree of redundancy), and we think that the hinges will occur under
the points of peak moment, A and C. Therefore impose a unit virtual displacement at
C and relate the corresponding virtual rotations of the hinges using S Ru = , giving:

( )( ) ( )( ) ( )( )
At At
32 1 2 4
e I
P P
A C
W W
M M
o o
ì
=
= +

( )
32 6
6 9
1.6875
32
P
M ì
ì
=
= =

since 9 kNm
P
M = . This result is as found before.
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Other Collapse Mechanisms
For the collapse mechanism looked at previously, it seemed obvious that the plastic
hinge in the span should be beneath the load. But why? Using virtual work we can
examine any possible collapse mechanism. So let’s consider the following collapse
mechanism and see why the plastic hinge has to be located beneath the load.

Plastic Hinge between A and C:
Imposing a unit virtual deflection at B, we get the following collapse mechanism:

And so the virtual work equation becomes:

( )( ) ( ) ( )
( )
At At
32 0.5 1
1 1
2 1
16
1
e I
P P
A D
P
W W
a a
M M
a a
a a
M
a
o o
ì
ì
=
| | | |
= + +
| |
÷ ÷
\ . \ .
+ ÷ (
=
(
÷
¸ ¸

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And since 9 kNm
P
M = :

1 0.5
9 1
16 1
a
a
a
ì
< s
+
(
=
(
÷
¸ ¸
Eq. (1)

And so we see that the collapse load factor for this mechanism depends on the
position of the plastic hinge in the span.

Plastic Hinge between C and B:
Again imposing a unit virtual deflection at B we get:

And so the virtual work equation becomes:

( ) ( ) ( )
( )
( )
At At
0.5
32 1
1 1 1
2 1
16
1 1
16 1
e I
P P
A D
P
P
W W
a a a
M M
a a a
a a
a
M
a a
a M a
o o
ì
ì
ì
=
| | | | | |
= + +
| | |
÷ ÷ ÷
\ . \ . \ .
+ ÷ (
| |
=
| (
÷ ÷
\ .
¸ ¸
= +

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Using 9 kNm
P
M = :

0.5 0
9 1
16
a
a
a
ì
< s
+
(
=
(
¸ ¸
Eq. (2)

And again we see that the load factor depends on the position of the hinge.

Summary
Plotting how the collapse load factor changes with the position of the hinge, we get:

1.6875
1
1.5
2
2.5
3
3.5
4
4.5
5
0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.9 1
Distance from Support A (m)
L
o
a
d

F
a
c
t
o
r

ì
Eq 1
Eq 2

This tells us that when the load reaches 1.6875 times the working load (i.e. 54 kN) a
hinge will form underneath the load, at point C, 0.5 m from support A. It also tells us
that it would take more than 54 kN for a hinge to form at any other place, assuming it
the possible load factors. Hence we can see that in analysing proposed collapse
mechanisms, we are either correct ( 1.6875
C
ì = ) or we are unsafe (
C
ì ì > ). This is
why plastic analysis is an upperbound method.
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3.6 Types of Plastic Collapse
Complete Collapse
In the cases considered so far, collapse occurred when a hinge occurred for each of
the number of redundants, r, (making it a determinate structure) with an extra hinge
for collapse. Thus the number of hinges formed, 1 h r = + (the degree of
indeterminacy plus one).

Partial Collapse
This occurs when 1 h r < + , but a collapse mechanism, of a localised section of the
structure can form. A common example is a single span of a continuous beam.

Over-Complete Collapse
For some frames, two (or more) possible collapse mechanisms are found ( 1 h r = + )
with the actual collapse load factor. Therefore they can be combined to form another
collapse mechanism with the same collapse load factor, but with an increased number
of hinges, 1 h r > + .

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4. Theorems of Plastic Analysis
4.1 Criteria
In Plastic Analysis to identify the correct load factor, there are three criteria of
importance:

1. Equilibrium: the internal bending moments must be in equilibrium with the

2. Mechanism: at collapse the structure, or a part of, can deform as a mechanism.

3. Yield: no point in the structure can have a moment greater than the plastic
moment capacity of the section it is applied to.

Based on these criteria, we have the following theorems.

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4.2 The Upperbound (Unsafe) Theorem
This can be stated as:

If a bending moment diagram is found which satisfies the conditions of equilibrium
and mechanism (but not necessarily yield), then the corresponding load factor is
either greater than or equal to the true load factor at collapse.

This is called the unsafe theorem because for an arbitrarily assumed mechanism the
load factor is either exactly right (when the yield criterion is met) or is wrong and is
too large, leading a designer to think that the frame can carry more load than is
actually possible.

Think of it like this: unless it’s exactly right, it’s dangerous.

Since a plastic analysis will generally meet the equilibrium and mechanism criteria,
by this theorem a plastic analysis is either right or dangerous. This is why plastic
analyses are not used as often in practice as one might suppose.

The above theorem can be easily seen to apply to the Illustrative Example. When we
varied the position of the hinge we found a collapse load factor that was either correct
( 1.6875
C
ì ì = = ) or was too big (
C
ì ì > ).

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4.3 The Lowerbound (Safe) Theorem
This can be stated as:

If a bending moment diagram is found which satisfies the conditions of equilibrium
and yield (but not necessarily that of mechanism), then the corresponding load factor
is either less than or equal to the true load factor at collapse.

This is a safe theorem because the load factor will be less than (or at best equal to)
the collapse load factor once equilibrium and yield criteria are met leading the
designer to think that the structure can carry less than or equal to its actual capacity.

Think of it like this: it’s either wrong and safe or right and safe.

Since an elastic analysis will always meet equilibrium and yield conditions, an elastic
analysis will always be safe. This is the main reason that it is elastic analysis that is
used, in spite of the significant extra capacity that plastic analysis offers.
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4.4 The Uniqueness Theorem
Linking the upper- and lower-bound theorems, we have:

If a bending moment distribution can be found which satisfies the three conditions of
equilibrium, mechanism, and yield, then the corresponding load factor is the true

So to have identified the correct load factor (and hence collapse mechanism) for a
structure we need to meet all three of the criteria:
1. Equilibrium;
2. Mechanism;
3. Yield.

The permutations of the three criteria and the three theorems are summarized in the
following table:

Criterion
Upperbound
(Unsafe) Theorem
Lowerbound
(Safe) Theorem
Unique Theorem
Mechanism
C
ì ì
¹
>
`
)

C
ì ì
¹
¦
=
`
¦
)

Equilibrium
C
ì ì
¹
s
`
)

Yield

The Uniqueness Theorem does not claim that any particular collapse mechanism is
unique – only that the collapse load factor is unique. Although rare, it is possible for
more than one collapse mechanism to satisfy the Uniqueness Theorem, but they will

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4.5 Corollaries of the Theorems
Some other results immediately apparent from the theorems are the following:

1. If the collapse loads are determined for all possible mechanisms, then the actual
collapse load will be the lowest of these (Upperbound Theorem);

2. The collapse load of a structure cannot be decreased by increasing the strength of
any part of it (Lowerbound Theorem);

3. The collapse load of a structure cannot be increased by decreasing the strength of
any part of it (Upperbound Theorem);

4. The collapse load is independent of initial stresses and the order in which the
plastic hinges form (Uniqueness Theorem);

The first point above is the basis for using virtual work in plastic analysis. However,
in doing so, it is essential that the designer considers the actual collapse more. To not
do so would lead to an unsafe design by the Upperbound Theorem.

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4.6 Application of the Theorems
Illustrative Example – Continued
We discovered previously that the collapse load factor was 1.6875 and this occurred
when the hinge was under the point load. Therefore, this collapse mechanism should
meet all three criteria of the Uniqueness Theorem:

1. Equilibrium: check on the moment at C say:

about 0 54 0.5 9 0 18 kN
B B
M A V V = · ÷ ÷ = ¬ =
¿

Thus, from a free-body diagram of CB , 18 0.5 9 kNm
C
M = · = as expected. Thus the
equilibrium condition is met.

2. Mechanism: Given the number of hinges it is obvious the structure collapses:

3 4 2 3 1 R C ÷ ÷ = ÷ ÷ = ÷

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3. Yield: Check that there is no moment greater than 9 kNm
P
M = :

And so the yield criterion is met.

Since all three conditions are met we are assured that the have the actual collapse
load factor by the Uniqueness Theorem.

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Other Collapse Modes
Using the analyses carried out previously for different positions of the plastic hinge,
we can check these collapse modes against the Uniqueness Theorem. For the case of
the hinge between A and C:

To determine this BMD, we calculate the reaction
B
V by considering the free body
diagram BCD:

( )
16
32
P B
P
B
M D M a V a
M
V
a a
ì
ì
ì
= + ÷ ÷ =
= + ÷
¿

Thus the moment under the point load is:

8
0.5 16
2
P
C B
M
M V
a a
ì
ì = · = + ÷
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Substituting in the expression for ì from Eq. (1) previously:

8 1
16
2 16 1
P P
C
M M a
M
a a a
+ (
| | | |
= + ÷
| |
(
÷
\ . \ .
¸ ¸

Which after some algebra becomes:

1
C P
a
M M
a
(
=
(
÷
¸ ¸

And so because 0.5 1.0 a s s ,
C P
M M > as shown in the BMD. Only when 0.5 a =
does
C P
M M = , which is of course the correct solution.

For the case of the hinge being between C and B, we have:

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Again, we find the reaction
B
V by considering the free body diagram DB:

P
P B B
M
M D M V a V
a
= ÷ = =
¿

Thus the moment under the point load at C is:

1
2
C P
M M
a
(
=
(
¸ ¸

And since 0 0.5 a s s then 1 2 1 a ·s s and so
C P
M M > . Again only when 0.5 a =
does
C P
M M = .

Summary
We have seen that for any position of the plastic hinge, other than at exactly C, the
yield condition is not met. Therefore, in such cases, the Uniqueness Theorem tells us
that the solution is not the correct one.

Notice that in these examples the mechanism and equilibrium conditions are always
met. Therefore the Upperbound Theorem tells us that our solutions in such cases are
either correct (as in when 0.5 a = ) or are unsafe (as in
C
ì ì > ).

In cases where one of the conditions of the Uniqueness Theorem is not met, we
assume a different collapse mechanism and try again.

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4.7 Plastic Design
Load Factor and Plastic Moment Capacity
When we come to design a structure using plastic methods, it is the load factor that is
known in advance and it is the plastic moment capacity that is the objective. The
general virtual work equations for a proposed collapse mechanism i is

,
e I
i j ji P ji ji
W W
P M
o o
ì o u
=
· =
¿ ¿

In which j is an individual load and deflection or plastic moment and rotation pair of
collapse mechanism i. If we take the
P
M of each member to be some factor, | , of a
nominal
P
M , then we have:

i j ji P j ji
P M ì o | u · = ·
¿ ¿

Since work is a scalar quantity, and since the sum of work done on both sides is
positive, we can see that the load factor and plastic moment capacity have a linear
relationship of slope m for each collapse mechanism i:

j ji
i P
j ji
i i P
M
P
m M
| u
ì
o
ì
= ·
= ·
¿
¿

Thus for each collapse mechanism, 1
m
k n s s , we can plot the load factor against the
plastic moment capacity. We do so for two cases:

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1. Load Factor Required – Design Plastic Moment Capacity Known:

We can see from this graph that for a particular value of the plastic moment capacity,
*
P
M , collapse mechanism k gives the lowest load factor and so by the Upperbound
Theorem is the true collapse mechanism.

2. Design Load Factor Known – Plastic Moment Capacity Required:

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From this graph we can see that for a particular value of the load factor, * ì , collapse
mechanism k gives the highest design plastic moment capacity,
P
M . However, since
by the Upperbound Theorem we know collapse mechanism k to be the true collapse
mechanism, it is therefore the highest value of
P
M from each of the mechanisms that
is required.

Mathematically, using the Upperbound Theorem, the above is summarized as:

| |
min
min
min
C i
i P
P i
m M
M m
ì ì =
= ·
=

Hence when the desired
C
ì is specified:

min
1
max
max
C
P
i
C
i
j ji
P C
j jì
M
m
m
P
M
ì
ì
o
ì
| u
=
(
=
(
¸ ¸
(
=
(
(
¸ ¸
¿
¿

In summary, if:
- Design plastic moment capacity is known – design for lowest load factor;
- Design load factor is known – design for highest plastic moment capacity.

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4.8 Summary of Important Points
Number of Hinges Required for Collapse:
In general we require sufficient hinges to turn the structure into a mechanism, thus:

No. of Plastic
Indet 1
Hinges Required
= +

However, this does not apply in cases of local partial collapses.

The Three Theorems of Plastic Analysis:
Criterion
Upperbound
(Unsafe) Theorem
Lowerbound
(Safe) Theorem
Unique Theorem
Mechanism
C
ì ì
¹
>
`
)

C
ì ì
¹
¦
=
`
¦
)

Equilibrium
C
ì ì
¹
s
`
)

Yield

By the Unsafe Theorem, which applies when the virtual work method is used:

m
1
min
C i
i n
ì ì
s s
=

Design Value of Plastic Moment Capacity
The design value of
P
M is the maximum of the design values for
P
M from each
collapse mechanism:

,
1
max
m
P P i
i n
M M
s s
=

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5. Plastic Analysis of Beams
5.1 Example 1 – Fixed-Fixed Beam with Point Load
For the following beam, find the load at collapse, given that 60 kNm
P
M = :

To start the problem, we examine the usual elastic BMD to see where the plastic
hinges are likely to form:

We also need to know how many hinges are required. This structure is 3˚ statically
indeterminate and so we might expect the number of plastic hinges required to be 4.
However, since one of the indeterminacies is horizontal restraint, removing it would
not change the bending behaviour of the beam. Thus for a bending collapse only 2
indeterminacies apply and so it will only take 3 plastic hinges to cause collapse.

So looking at the elastic BMD, we’ll assume a collapse mechanism with the 3 plastic
hinges at the peak moment locations: A, B, and C.
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Next, we impose a virtual rotation of u to the plastic hinge at A and using the S Ru =
rule, relate all other displacements to it, and then apply the virtual work equation:

( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
At At At
6 3 3
6 8
8
6
e I
P P P
A C B
P
P
W W
P M M M
P M
P M
o o
u u u u u
u u
=
= + + +
=
=

Since 60 kNm
P
M = the load required for collapse is 80 kN P = and so the collapse
BMD for this mechanism is:

We need to check that this is the correct solution using the Uniqueness Theorem:
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1. Equilibrium:
We’ll check that the height of the free BMD is 120 kNm as per the collapse BMD:

about 0 80 6 8 0 60 kN
B B
M A V V = · ÷ = =
¿

Thus, using a free body diagram of CB:

about 0 2 0 120 kNm
C B C
M C M V M = ÷ = =
¿

And so the applied load is in equilibrium with the free BMD of the collapse BMD.

2. Mechanism:
From the proposed collapse mechanism it is apparent that the beam is a mechanism.

3. Yield:
From the collapse BMD it can be seen that nowhere is
P
M exceeded.

Thus the solution meets the three conditions and so, by the Uniqueness Theorem, is
the correct solution.

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5.2 Example 2 – Propped Cantilever with Two Point Loads
For the following beam, for a load factor of 2.0, find the required plastic moment
capacity:

Allowing for the load factor, we need to design the beam for the following loads:

Once again we try to picture possible failure mechanisms. Since maximum moments
occur underneath point loads, there are two real possibilities:

Mechanism 1: Plastic Hinge at C Mechanism 2: Plastic Hinge at D
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Therefore, we analyse both and apply the Upperbound Theorem to find the design
plastic moment capacity.

Mechanism 1: Plastic Hinge at C:

( ) ( ) ( )
At
At
75 2 30
2
5
180
2
2
180
5
e I
P P
A
C
P
P
W W
M M
M
M
o o
u
ì u ì u u u
ìu u
ì
=
| |
+ = + +
|
\ .
=
= ·

But the load factor, 2.0 ì = , giving 144 kNm
P
M = .

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Mechanism 2: Plastic Hinge at D:

( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
At At
75 2 30 4 2
270 4
270
4
e I
P P
A D
P
P
W W
M M
M
M
o o
ì u ì u u u u
ìu u
ì
=
+ = + +
=
=

Using 2.0 ì = then gives 135 kNm
P
M = .

So by the application of the Upperbound theorem for the design plastic capacity, we
choose 144 kNm
P
M = as the design moment and recognize Mechanism 1 to be the
correct failure mechanism. We check this by the Uniqueness Theorem:

1. Equilibrium:
Using the BMD at collapse, we’ll check that the height of the free BMD is that of the
equivalent simply-supported beam. Firstly the collapse BMD from Mechanism 1 is:

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Hence, the total heights of the free BMD are:

96 144 240 kNm
48 132 180 kNm
C
D
M
M
= + =
= + =

Checking these using a simply-supported beam analysis:

about 0 150 2 60 4 6 0 90 kN
0 150 60 90 0 120 kN
B B
y A A
M A V V
F V V
= · + · ÷ = =
= + ÷ ÷ = =
¿
¿

Thus, using appropriate free body diagrams of AC and DB:

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120 2 240 kNm
90 2 180 kNm
C
D
M
M
= · =
= · =

And so the applied load is in equilibrium with the free BMD of the collapse BMD.

2. Mechanism:
From the proposed collapse mechanism it is apparent that the beam is a mechanism.
Also, since it is a propped cantilever and thus one degree indeterminate, we require
two plastic hinges for collapse, and these we have.

3. Yield:
From the collapse BMD it can be seen that nowhere is the design 144 kNm
P
M =
exceeded.
Thus by the Uniqueness Theorem we have the correct solution.

Lastly, we’ll examine why the Mechanism 2 collapse is not the correct solution.
Since the virtual work method provides an upperbound, then, by the Uniqueness
Theorem, it must not be the correct solution because it must violate the yield
condition.

Using the collapse Mechanism 2 to determine reactions, we can draw the following
BMD for collapse Mechanism 2:

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From this it is apparent that Mechanism 2 is not the unique solution, and so the
design plastic moment capacity must be 144 kNm as implied previously from the
Upperbound Theorem.

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5.3 Example 3 – Propped Cantilever under UDL
For the general case of a propped cantilever, find the locations of the plastic hinges at
collapse, and express the load at collapse in terms of the plastic moment capacity.

When considering UDLs, it is not readily apparent where the plastic hinge should be
located in the span. For this case of a propped cantilever we require 2 hinges, one of
which will occur at A, as should be obvious. However, we need to keep the location
of the span hinge variable at say, aL, from A:

Using S Ru = , we find the rotation at B:

( )
1
B
aL L a u u = ÷
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And so:

( )
1
B
a
a
u u = ·
÷

Thus, noting that the external work done by a UDL is the average distance it moves,
we have:

( ) ( )
At
At
2
2
2
2 1
2
2 1
2
2 1
2 2
1
e I
P P
A
C
P
P
P
W W
aL a
wL M M
a
waL a
M
a
waL a
M
a
M a
waL a
o o
u
ì u u u
ì
u u
ì
ì
=
| | | |
= + + ·
| |
÷
\ . \ .
| |
= +
|
÷
\ .
÷
| |
=
|
÷
\ .
÷
| |
=
|
÷
\ .

If we introduce a non-dimensional quantity,
2
P
K M wL ÷ , we have:

2 2
1
a
K
a a
ì
÷
| |
= ·
|
÷
\ .

Thus the collapse load factor is a function of the position of the hinge, a, as expected.
Also, we can plot the function K ì against a to visualize where the minimum might
occur:

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(0.586, 11.656)
0
2
4
6
8
10
12
14
16
18
20
0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1 1.2
Position Along Beam, aL
N
o
n
-
d
i
m
e
n
s
i
o
n
a
l

C
o
l
l
a
p
s
e

L
o
a
d

F
a
c
t
o
r
,

ì
/
K

To determine the critical collapse load factor, suing the Upperbound Theorem, we
look for the minimum load factor using:

0
d
da
ì
=

To do this, we’ll expand the fraction:

2
2 2 4 2
1
a a
K K
a a a a
ì
÷ ÷
| |
= · = ·
|
÷ ÷
\ .

Using the quotient rule for derivates:

( )( ) ( )( )
( )
2
2
2
2
2 4 2 1 2
0
du dv
v u
dy
dx dx
dx v
a a a a
d
da
a a
ì
÷
=
÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ ÷
= =
÷

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Thus multiplying across by
( )
2
2
a a ÷ and simplifying gives:

2
2 8 4 0 a a ÷ + ÷ =

Thus:

( )( )
( )
2
8 8 4 2 4
2 2
2 2
a
÷ ± ÷ ÷ ÷
=
÷
= ±

Since we know 0 1 a s s , then:

2 2 0.586 a = ÷ =

At this value for a, the collapse load factor is:

2
2
2 2 0586
0.586 1 0.586
11.656
P
C
P
M
wL
M
wL
ì
÷
| |
= ·
|
÷
\ .
=

These values are shown in the graph previously. The collapse BMD is:

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The propped cantilever is a good structure to illustrate the use of the Lowerbound
Theorem. Consider the standard elastic BMD for this structure which meets the
equilibrium condition:

2 2
9
8 128
A max
wL wL
M M = =

If we increase the load by a load factor ì so that
A P
M M = , and since
max A
M M < we
meet the yield condition, then we have:

2
2 2
8
8 11.656
P
P P
C
wL
M
M M
wL wL
ì
ì ì
=
= < =

By meeting the equilibrium and yield conditions, but not the mechanism condition,
we have a lowerbound on the critical load factor without doing the virtual work
analysis. This is one of the main reasons elastic analyses are mostly used in practice.
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5.4 Continuous Beams
Common but Special Case
We consider there a common but special case of continuous beam. Purlins and other
forms of continuous beams fall into this category. The limitations are:
- All spans are equal;
- The beam is prismatic (so all spans have equal
P
M );
- All spans are subject to an equal UDL.

In this case, an overall collapse of the structure cannot occur. Instead, collapse must
occur in one (or more) of the spans separately. However, there are only two types of
spans: interior and end spans. We will consider these in turn.

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Interior Span
The collapse mechanism for a typical interior span is given below:

Carrying out the virtual work analysis gives:

( )
2
1
2
2 2
4
4
P P P
P
L
wL M M M
wL
M
ì u u u u
ì
u u
| |
= + +
|
\ .
=

Thus:

2
2
16
16
P
P C
wL M
M
wL
ì
ì = =

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End Span
The collapse mechanism for the end spans is given below:

In this case we do not know immediately where the second hinge is to be located.
However, comparison with the propped cantilever analysis of Example 3 shows that
the analysis is the same. Thus the results are:

2
2
11.656
11.656
P
P C
wL M
M
wL
ì
ì = =

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Discussion
Immediately obvious from the forgoing analysis is that the end spans govern the
design of the beam: they require a plastic moment capacity 37% (16/11.656) greater
than the interior spans do.

Two possible solutions to this are apparent:

1. Strengthen the end spans: provide a section of 37% greater capacity for the end
span. Noting that the plastic hinge must form over the first interior support, the
connection (or splice) between the two beam sections should therefore occur at the
point of contraflexure in the penultimate span (about 0.2L inside the span).

2. Choose the span lengths so that a beam of prismatic section is optimized. The ratio
of lengths must be such that the plastic moments required are the same:

2 2
16 11.656
11.656
0.853
16
Int End
P
End
Int
wL wL
M
L
L
ì ì
= =
= =

Thus the most economic design is one where the end spans are 85% of the interior
spans.

Lastly, since it is a single span that is considered to collapse at a time (and not the
overall structure), the number of hinges required is 1 h r s + . Thus the collapse of a
continuous beam is always a partial or complete collapse.
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5.5 Example 4 – Continuous Beam
We will analyse the following beam for the loads:

1
10 kN/m w = ,
1
45 kN P = ,
2
30 kN/m w = ,
2
60 kN P =

We carry out the analysis using the Equilibrium Method (since we have used the
Kinematic Method mostly so far).

Firstly we draw the free bending moment diagrams, having chosen the redundants to
be the moments over the supports:

Since each span can be considered to collapse separately, we draw the composite
diagrams and write h equilibrium equations for each span separately:
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Span AB:
Note for this span we must take
A B
M M = since it requires three hinges to fail and
one plastic hinge moment cannot be greater than another (the beam is prismatic):

170
Mid A
M M = ÷

Thus if all three moments are to be equal to
P
M at collapse, we have:

170
2 170
85 kNm
P P
P
P
M M
M
M
= ÷
=
=

Span BC:
Similarly to span AB, we need three hinges and so
B C
M M = :

135
Mid B
M M = ÷
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At collapse, we again have all moments equal to
P
M :

135
2 135
67.5 kNm
P P
P
P
M M
M
M
= ÷
=
=

Span BC:
For Span BC we only need two hinges due to the pinned end support:

1
120
3
Mid C
M M = ÷

At collapse, both moments are equal to
P
M :

1
120
3
4
120
3
90 kNm
P P
P
P
M M
M
M
= ÷
=
=

Thus the largest plastic moment capacity required is 90 kNm and this is therefore the
solution. The bending moment diagram corresponding to this case is:
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Considering the three criteria for collapse, we have:

1. Equilibrium: met (almost automatically) through consideration of the free and
reactant bending moments diagrams;

2. Yield: As can be seen from the BMD above, no moment is greater than
P
M and
so this condition is met;

3. Mechanism: The end span CD has two hinges and has thus collapsed. This is a
partial collapse of the overall structure.

Since the three conditions are met, our solution is unique and this correct.

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Lastly, note that for the Spans AB and BC, the reactant line does not have to be
horizontal as shown. Indeed it can lie in any region that maintains the following
equilibrium and yield conditions:

, , A P Mid AB P B P Mid BC P
M M M M M M M M s s s s

This region is the hatched region sketched below:

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5.6 Problems
1. For the following prismatic beam of 80 kNm
P
M = , find the load factor at
collapse. (Ans. 2.4)

2. For the following prismatic beam of 30 kNm
P
M = , find the load factor at
collapse. (Ans. 1.5)

3. For the following prismatic beam of 30 kNm
P
M = , find the load factor at
collapse. (Ans. 1.33)

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4. For the following prismatic beam of 86 kNm
P
M = , find the load factor at
collapse. (Ans. 1.27)

5. For the beam of Example 4, determine the required plastic moment capacity for
1
10 kN/m w = ,
1
50 kN P = ,
2
40 kN/m w = ,
2
60 kN P = . What is special

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6. Plastic Analysis of Frames
Basic Collapse Mechanisms
In frames, the basic mechanisms of collapse are:

Beam-type collapse

Sway Collapse

Combination Collapse

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Location of Plastic Hinge at Joints
In frames where members of different capacities meet at joints, it is the weaker
member that develops the plastic hinge. So, for example:

The plastic hinge occurs in the column and not in the beam section since the column
section is weaker.

This is important when calculating the external virtual work done.

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Combination of Mechanisms
One of the most powerful tools in plastic analysis is Combination of Mechanisms.
This allows us to work out the virtual work equations for the beam and sway
collapses separately and then combine them to find the collapse load factor for a
combination collapse mechanism.

Combination of mechanisms is based on the idea that there are only a certain number
of independent equilibrium equations for a structure. Any further equations are
obtained from a combination of these independent equations. Since equilibrium
equations can be obtained using virtual work applied to a possible collapse
mechanism, it follows that there are independent collapse mechanisms, and other
collapse mechanisms that may be obtained form a combination of the independent
collapse mechanisms.

As we saw for the propped cantilever case of one redundant (r = 1), we required two
hinges, h = 2 for collapse, and wrote one independent equilibrium equation
4
C A
M PL M = ÷ . Generally, there are h r ÷ independent equilibrium equations, and
thus h r ÷ independent collapse mechanisms.

It must be noted here that in combining collapse mechanisms it is essential that
hinges rotating in opposing senses must be cancelled to avoid having two degrees of
freedom.

The method is better explained by the examples that follow.

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6.2 Example 5 –Simple Portal Frame
In this example we will consider a basic prismatic (so all members have the same
plastic moment capacity) rectangular portal frame with pinned feet:

We will consider this general case so that we can infer the properties and behaviour
of all such frames. We will consider each of the possible mechanisms outlined above.

Beam collapse:
The possible beam collapse looks as follows:

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The virtual work equation for this gives:

( )
2
2
4
2
8
e I
P
P
P
W W
l
V M
l
V M
M
Vl
o o
ì u u u u
ì
ì
=
· = + +
=
=

Sway Collapse
The virtual deflection for the sway collapse is:

Giving:

( )
2
2
e I
P
P
P
W W
H h M
Hh M
M
Hh
o o
ì u u u
ì
ì
=
· = +
=
=

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Combined Collapse
The virtual deflection for this form of collapse is:

Giving:

( )
2 2
2
4
2
8
2
e I
P
P
P
W W
l
H h V M
l
Hh V M
M
Hh Vl
o o
ì u ì u u u
ì
ì
=
· + · = +
| |
+ =
|
\ .
=
+

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Collapse Mode
Since we don’t know the relative values of H and V, we cannot determine the correct
collapse mode. However, we can identify these collapse modes if we plot the three
load factor equations derived above on the following interaction chart:

Notice that each mechanism defines a boundary and that it is only the region inside
all of these boundaries that is safe. Now, for a given ration of V to H, we will be able
to determine the critical collapse mechanism. Note also that the beam collapse
mechanism is only critical for this frame at point P on the chart – this point is also
included in the Combined mechanism.

The bending moment diagrams corresponding to each of the mechanisms are
approximately:

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Beam Sway Combined

An interesting phenomenon is observed at point Q on the chart, where the Sway and
Combined mechanisms give the same result. Looking at the bending moment
diagrams, we can see that this occurs as the moment at the top of the left column
becomes equal to the mid-span moment of the beam:

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Interaction Chart for Fixed-Feet Portal Frame
For a fixed-feet portal frame, the interaction chart can be derived similarly and is
given below:

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6.3 Example 6 –Portal Frame with Multiple Loads
Find the collapse load in terms of the plastic moment capacity:

Using the idea of Combination of Mechanisms, we will analyse the beam and sway
mechanisms separately, and then combine them in various ways to achieve a solution.

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Regular Virtual Work Analysis
To prove that the combination of mechanisms works, we do the regular virtual work
analysis first for illustration purposes only:

( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
At
At At At
At At
4 3 1
9 3 2 2
3 2 3
15 4.5
3
10
e I
P P
G
B E F
E C
P
P
W W
W W W W M M
W M
W M
o o
u u u u u u u
u u
=
| | | |
+ + + = + +
| |
\ . \ .
=
=

Next we will consider the beam and sway mechanisms separately and then combine
them using the idea of Combination of Mechanisms.
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Beam Collapse Mechanism:

Notice that, as previously mentioned, we must take the plastic hinge at joint C to be
in the column which has the smaller
P
M . Applying the virtual work equation:

( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
At
At At At
At At
4 1
3 2 2 2
3 3
6 5
5
6
e I
P P P
G
E F B
E C
P
P
W W
W W W M M M
W M
W M
o o
u u u u u u
u u
=
| | | |
+ + = + +
| |
\ . \ .
=
=

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Sway Collapse Mechanism:

Again notice how careful we are of the hinge location at joint C.

( ) ( )
At At
At
3
9 2
2
9 3.5
7
18
e I
P P
B B
C
P
P
W W
W M M
W M
W M
o o
u u u
u u
=
| |
= +
|
\ .
=
=

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Combined Collapse Mechanism
To arrive at a solution, we want to try to minimize the collapse load value. Examining
the previous equations, this means that we should try to maximize the external work
done and minimize the internal work done. So:
- To maximize the external work done we need to make every load move
through some displacement, unlike the sway mechanism;
- To minimize the internal work done we try to remove a hinge, whilst
maintaining a mechanism.

Based on the above try the following:

Instead of using virtual work, we can combine the equations already found:
- External virtual work: Since all forces move through displacements:

Beam Sway
6 9 15
e
W W W W o u u u = + =

- Internal virtual work: we can add but we must remove the work done by the
hinge at B for both the beam and sway mechanisms (i.e. cancel the hinge):

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Beam Hinge - Beam Hinge - Sway
Sway
5 3.5 2 2 4.5
I P P P P P
B B
W M M M M M o u u u u u = + ÷ ÷ =

Thus we have:

15 4.5
3
10
e I
P
P
W W
W M
W M
o o
u u
=
=
=

Since this is lower than either of the previous mechanisms (beam or sway), we think
this is the solution, and so check against the three conditions of the Uniqueness
Theorem.

At this point we note that the result above is the same as that found by the usual
Virtual Work analysis, thus verifying the concept of Combination of Mechanisms.

Of course, regardless of the means of arriving at a possible collapse load, we must
verify the uniqueness of the load factor using the three conditions, noting that
3.33
P
M W = .
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Uniqueness Theorem Checks
1. Equilibrium:
We start by determining the reactions:

3.33
0.55
6 6
D P
P
D
M C H M
M W
H W
= ÷ =
= = =
¿

0 0.55 0.45
x A
F H W W W = = ÷ =
¿

For the whole frame:

about 0 12 3 6 9 6 3 0 0.89
A A A
M D V H W W W W V W = + + ÷ ÷ ÷ = =
¿

Thus the moment at E, from a free-body diagram of ABE, is:

about 0 3 9 0 6.71
A A E E
M E V H M M W = + ÷ = =
¿

Since there is a plastic hinge at E of value
( )
2 2 3.33 6.67
P
M W W = · = we have
equilibrium.

2. Mechanism:
The frame is obviously a mechanism since 3 4 2 3 1 R C ÷ ÷ = ÷ ÷ = ÷ .

3. Yield:
To verify yield we draw the collapse BMD from the reactions:

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From the diagram we see that there are no moments greater than 2 6.67
P
M W = in
members AB and BC, and no moments greater than 3.33
P
M W = in member CD.

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6.4 Example 7 – Portal Frame with Crane Loads, Summer 1997
For the following frame, find the plastic moment capacity required for collapse under

The structure is 1 degree indeterminate so the number of plastic hinges required is 2.
We propose the following collapse mechanism:

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Also, looking closely at the relevant joints:

Thus we have:

( ) ( ) ( )
At
At At
At At
3 3
200 3 100 50 2
2 2
650 4.5
144.44 kNm
e I
P P
G
J F
J C
P
P
W W
M M
M
M
o o
u u u u u
u u
=
| | | |
+ ÷ = +
| |
\ . \ .
=
=

Notice that the 50 kN point load at G does negative external work since it moves
against its direction of action.

Note also that there are other mechanisms that could be tried, some of which are
unreasonable.

Next we check this solution to see if it is unique:

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1. Equilibrium:
For the whole frame, taking moments about D gives:

50 1 200 6 100 8 9 0 227.8 kN
A A
V V · + · + · ÷ = =

Using a free body diagram of ABJ, and taking moments about the plastic hinge at J:

2 144.4 100 2 3 227.8 3 0 64.9 kN
A A
H H · + · ÷ · ÷ = =

So for the whole frame:

0 0 64.9 kN
x A D D
F H H H = ÷ = =
¿

Thus for the free body diagram of CD, taking moments about C:

50 1 3 0 144.7 kNm
C D C
M H M ÷ · ÷ = =

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Since this is the value of
P
M we have a plastic hinge at C as expected. Thus the loads
are in equilibrium with the collapse mechanism.

2. Mechanism:
Since 3 4 2 3 1 R C ÷ ÷ = ÷ ÷ = ÷ we have a mechanism.

3. Yield:
Drawing the bending moment diagram at collapse shows that no section has a
moment greater than its moment capacity of either
P
M or 2
P
M :

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6.5 Example 8 – Oblique Frame, Sumer 1999
Problem
1. Find the value of the collapse load factor when 120 kNm
P
M = ;
2. Show that your solution is the unique solution;
3. Sketch the bending moment diagram at collapse, showing all important values.

Solution
To solve this problem, first we will consider the basic mechanisms of collapse.
Examining these, we will then use Combination of Mechanisms to find a mechanism
(or more) that attempts to maximize external work and minimize internal work. We
will then verify our solution using the Uniqueness Theorem.

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Beam Collapse Mechanisms:
There are two possible beam collapse mechanisms, where local collapse of a member
forms due to the point loads acting on that member. Thus we must consider beam
collapses of the column AC and the beam CE.

Beam Collapse of Member CE
The mechanism is:

And so the virtual work done is:

( ) ( )
100 3 2 2
300 6
2.4
e I
P P P
P
W W
M M M
M
o o
ì u u u u
ìu u
ì
=
= + +
=
=

Since 120 kNm
P
M = .

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Beam Collapse of Member AC
The mechanism is:

And so the virtual work done is:

( ) ( )
30 3 2
90 3
4.0
e I
P P
P
W W
M M
M
o o
ì u u u
ìu u
ì
=
= +
=
=

Sway Collapses:
The frame could collapse to the right under the action of the horizontal load.
However, it could also have a sway collapse to the left, as the inclined member tends
to rotate downwards. Thus we consider two possible sway collapse mechanisms.

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Sway Collapse to the Right:
The mechanism is:

The joints require particular attention:

And so the virtual work done is:

( )
3
30 2 100
2 2 2
90 3
e I
P P
P
W W
M M
M
o o
u u
ì u ì u u u
ìu u
=
| | | | | |
÷ = + + +
| | |
\ . \ . \ .
÷ =

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As can be seen the net amount of external work is not positive and thus energy needs
to be provided to this system in order to get it to fail in this manner. Thus it is not a
physically possible failure. However, we can still use some of the analysis later on in
a Combination of Mechanisms analysis.

Lastly, the geometry of this mechanism can be awkward. But as we have seen before,
analysis of sway movements can often be simplified with the Instantaneous Centre of
Rotation concept. Applying it here gives:

These movements are in the same proportion as before, as expected.

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Sway Collapse to the Left
The mechanism is:

The virtual work done is:

( )
3
30 2 100
2 2 2
90 3
4.0
e I
P P
P
W W
M M
M
o o
u u
ì u ì u u u
ìu u
ì
=
| | | | | |
÷ + = + + +
| | |
\ . \ . \ .
=
=

Combined Collapse Mechanisms:
There are two more obvious combined collapse mechanisms, both with a beam
collapse of the horizontal member, one with sway to the left and the other with sway
to the right. From the previous analysis, and since we want to maximize external
virtual work, we should check the case where the frame sways to the left first.

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Combined Collapse Mechanism
Keeping the sway collapse hinge at C, and allowing the formation of a hinge under
the 100 kN point load (thus increasing its external virtual work), and removing the
sway collapse hinge at E (since we only need two hinges) we have:

Since we can use our previous results (Combination of Mechanisms), we do not have
to work out the geometry of the problem. For external work, we have:

( )
( )
3
30 2 100 (From sway collapse)
2
100 3 (From beam collapse)
390
e
W o ì u ì u
ì u
ìu
| |
= ÷ +
|
\ .
+
=

And for internal virtual work:

3 6 (From sway and beam collapse)
(Remove sway hinge at )
2
(Remove beam hinge at )
6.5
I P P
P
P
P
W M M
M E
M E
M
o u u
u
u
u
u
= +
| |
÷ +
|
\ .
÷
=

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Thus we have:

390 6.5
2.0
e I
P
W W
M
o o
ìu u
ì
=
=
=

We can check this result using the usual approach:

( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
30 2 100 6 2 2 2
540 9
2.0
e I
P P
P
W W
M M
M
o o
ì u ì u u u u u
ìu u
ì
=
÷ + = + + +
=
=

And as expected we get the same result.

Since this is a likely candidate mechanism, check this using the Uniqueness Theorem.

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Check with Uniqueness Theorem
1. Equilibrium:
To check equilibrium, we will determine the reactions and then the moments at
salient points. Thus the bending moments diagram can be drawn, providing the check
that the external loads are in equilibrium with the internal moments, and that yield is
nowhere violated.

For the whole frame, taking moments about A gives:

30 2 100 3 9 0 40 kN
F F
V V ì ì ì · + · ÷ = =

Next, summing vertical forces gives:

100 0 60 kN
F A A
V V V ì ì ÷ ÷ = =

Using the free body diagram of ABC, taking moments about C:

30 2 4 0 0 kN
C A A
M H H ì ÷ · + = =
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Where we have the fact that the moment at C is the plastic moment capacity, i.e.
120 kNm
C P
M M = = , and 2 ì = .

So for the whole frame, we have:

0 30 0 30 kN
x A F F
F H H H ì ì = ÷ ÷ = =
¿

Thus all the reactions shave been determined. Next we determine the moments at
important points:

For the free body diagram of EF, taking moments about E:

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( ) ( )
4 3 0
4 30 3 40 0
0
E F F
E
E
M H V
M
M
ì ì
+ ÷ =
+ ÷ =
=

For the free body diagram of DEF, taking moments about D gives:

( ) ( )
4 6 0
4 30 6 40 0
120 kNm
D F F
E
E
M H V
M
M
ì ì
ì
+ ÷ =
+ ÷ =
=

Thus we can draw the bending moment diagram, verifying equilibrium:

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2. Mechanism:
Since 3 4 2 3 1 R C ÷ ÷ = ÷ ÷ = ÷ we have a mechanism.

3. Yield:
The bending moment diagram at collapse shows that no section has a moment greater
than its moment capacity of either
P
M or 2
P
M :

Thus the requirements of the Uniqueness Theorem have been met, and so the collapse
load factor of 2 ì = is the correct value.

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6.6 Problems
1. Derive the interaction chart for the fixed-feet portal frame, shown earlier.

2. Determine the collapse load factor for the pinned-feet portal frame with H = 10
kN, V = 20 kN, l = 6 m, h = 4 m, and 50 kNm
P
M = . Plot the line for these loads
on the interaction chart.

3. Derive the interaction chart for the following frame. Using the values given in
Problem 2, plot the line for the loads on the interaction chart.

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7. Past Exam Questions
7.1 Sumer 2000
The following rigid-jointed frame shown below is loaded with working loads as
shown:
1. Find the value of the collapse load factor when 120 kNm
P
M = ;
2. Show that your solution is the unique solution;
3. Sketch the bending moment diagram at collapse, showing all important values.

(Ans. 2.25
C
ì = )
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7.2 Summer 2001
4. Find the value of the collapse load factor when 120 kNm
P
M = ;
5. Show that your solution is the unique solution;
6. Sketch the bending moment diagram at collapse, showing all important values.

(Ans. 1.89
C
ì = )
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7.3 Summer 2004
1. Find the value of the collapse load factor when 160 kNm
P
M = ;
2. Show that your solution is the unique solution;
3. Sketch the bending moment diagram at collapse, showing all important values.

(Ans. 2.13
C
ì = )
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7.4 Summer 2005
1. Find the value of the collapse load factor when 200 kNm
P
M = ;
2. Show that your solution is the unique solution;
3. Sketch the bending moment diagram at collapse, showing all important values.

(Ans. 1.33
C
ì = )

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7.5 Summer 2007
The following rigid-jointed frame is loaded so that the force system shown is just
sufficient to cause collapse in the main frame ABCD:
1. Find the value of
P
M given that the relative plastic moment capacities are as
shown in the figure;
2. Show that your solution is the unique solution;
3. Sketch the bending moment diagram at collapse, showing all important values.

FIG. Q5


A
B C
D
E
F
G
 

50 kN
200 kN

M
p
2M
p
M
p

(Ans. 175.8 kNm
P
M = )

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7.6 Semester 2 2008
For the following rigid-jointed frame, loaded with the working loads shown, do the
following:
1. Find the load factor which causes collapse of the frame, given that 80 kNm
P
M = ;
2. Show that your solution is the unique solution;
3. Sketch the bending moment diagram at collapse, showing all important values.

FIG. Q3(a)
40 kN
M
p
2M
p
B
A
1
0

k
N
/
m
C
D
 

(Ans. 2.0
C
ì = )
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QUESTION 4

For the rigid-jointed frame of Fig. Q4, loaded with the working loads shown, do the following:

(i) For a collapse load factor of 1.2, determine the design plastic moment capacity,
P
M ;

(ii) Show that your solution is the unique solution;

(iii) Sketch the bending moment diagram at collapse, showing all important values;

(iv) Briefly comment on how the uniqueness theorem relates to your solution.

(25 marks)

FIG. Q4
A
C E
G
D
 
100 kN
M
p
2M
p
M
p
50 kN

50 kN

B F

(Ans. 120 kNm
P
M = )
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7.8 Semester 2 2010
QUESTION 4

For the rigid-jointed frame of Fig. Q4, loaded with the working loads shown, do the following:

(v) For a collapse load factor of 1.2, determine the design plastic moment capacity,
P
M ;

(vi) Show that your solution is the unique solution;

(vii) Sketch the bending moment diagram at collapse, showing all important values;

(viii) Briefly comment on how the uniqueness theorem relates to your solution.

(25 marks)

FIG. Q4
A
B
C
D
10 kN/m
60 kN
  
M
p
M
p
M
p

(Ans. 129.6 kNm
P
M = )

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8. References
- Baker, J.F., Horne, M.R. and Heyman, J., The Steel Skeleton, Volume II, Plastic
Behaviour and Design, Cambridge University Press, 1956.
- Baker, J.F. and Heyman, J., Plastic Design of Frames, Vol. 1: Fundamentals,
Cambridge University Press, London, 1969.
- Bruneau, M., Uang, C.M. and Whittaker, A., Ductile Design of Steel Structures,
McGraw-Hill, New York, 1998.
- Davies, J.M. and Brown, B.A., Plastic Design to BS5950, Blackwell Science,
Oxford, 1996.
- Heyman, J., Plastic Design of Portal Frames, Cambridge University Press,
London, 1957.
- Heyman, J., Plastic Design of Frames, Vol. 2: Applications, Cambridge
University Press, London, 1971.
- Heyman, J., Beams and Framed Structures, 2nd Edn., Pergamon Press, 1974.
- Heyman, J., Elements of the Theory of Structures, Cambridge University Press,
1996.
- Hodge, P.G., Plastic Analysis of Structures, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1959.
- McKenzie, W.M.C., Examples in Structural Analysis, Taylor and Francis,
Abington, 2006.
- Neal, B.G., Structural Theorems and their Applications, Pergamon Press, 1964.
- Neal, B.G., The Plastic Methods of Structural Analysis, 3rd Edn., Chapman &
Hall, London, 1977.
- Thompson, F., and Haywood, G.G., Structural Analysis Using Virtual Work,
Chapman and Hall, 1986.
- Rees, D.W.A., Mechanics of Solids and Structures, Imperial College Press,
London, 2000.
- Wong, M.B., Plastic Analysis and Design of Steel Structures, Butterworth-
Heinemann, London, 2009.

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Contents
1. Introduction ......................................................................................................... 4 1.1 Background ....................................................................................................... 4 2. Basis of Plastic Design ......................................................................................... 5 2.1 Material Behaviour ........................................................................................... 5 2.2 Cross Section Behaviour................................................................................... 7 2.3 Plastic Hinge Formation ................................................................................. 24 3. Methods of Plastic Analysis .............................................................................. 28 3.1 Introduction ..................................................................................................... 28 3.2 Incremental Analysis ...................................................................................... 29 3.3 Important Definitions...................................................................................... 36 3.4 Equilibrium Method........................................................................................ 38 3.5 Kinematic Method Using Virtual Work ......................................................... 42 3.6 Types of Plastic Collapse................................................................................ 47 4. Theorems of Plastic Analysis ............................................................................ 48 4.1 Criteria ............................................................................................................ 48 4.2 The Upperbound (Unsafe) Theorem............................................................... 49 4.3 The Lowerbound (Safe) Theorem .................................................................. 50 4.4 The Uniqueness Theorem ............................................................................... 51 4.5 Corollaries of the Theorems ........................................................................... 52 4.6 Application of the Theorems .......................................................................... 53 4.7 Plastic Design ................................................................................................. 58 4.8 Summary of Important Points ......................................................................... 61 5. Plastic Analysis of Beams.................................................................................. 62 5.1 Example 1 – Fixed-Fixed Beam with Point Load .......................................... 62 5.2 Example 2 – Propped Cantilever with Two Point Loads ............................... 65 5.3 Example 3 – Propped Cantilever under UDL................................................. 71 5.4 Continuous Beams .......................................................................................... 76 2 Dr. C. Caprani

Structural Analysis III 5.5 Example 4 – Continuous Beam ...................................................................... 80 5.6 Problems ......................................................................................................... 85 6. Plastic Analysis of Frames ................................................................................ 87 6.1 Additional Aspects for Frames ....................................................................... 87 6.2 Example 5 –Simple Portal Frame ................................................................... 90 6.3 Example 6 –Portal Frame with Multiple Loads ............................................. 96 6.4 Example 7 – Portal Frame with Crane Loads, Summer 1997 ...................... 104 6.5 Example 8 – Oblique Frame, Sumer 1999 ................................................... 108 6.6 Problems ....................................................................................................... 120 7. Past Exam Questions ....................................................................................... 121 7.1 Sumer 2000 ................................................................................................... 121 7.2 Summer 2001 ................................................................................................ 122 7.3 Summer 2004 ................................................................................................ 123 7.4 Summer 2005 ................................................................................................ 124 7.5 Summer 2007 ................................................................................................ 125 7.6 Semester 2 2008 ............................................................................................ 126 7.7 Semester 2 2009 ............................................................................................ 127 7.8 Semester 2 2010 ............................................................................................ 128 8. References ........................................................................................................ 129

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this failure load can be significantly greater than the elastic load capacity. Prof. Caprani . In fact. C. we review material and cross section behaviour beyond the elastic limit. knowing that for a linearly elastic structure it was valid. Introduction 1. 4 Dr. It is only when a structure has exhausted all of its redundancies will extra load causes it to fail. In these analyses we used superposition often. An indeterminate structure may sustain loads greater than the load that first causes a yield to occur at any point in the structure. Sean de Courcy (UCD) used to say: “a structure only collapses when it has exhausted all means of standing”. an elastic analysis does not give information about the loads that will actually collapse a structure. To summarize this. Before analysing complete structures.1 Background Up to now we have concentrated on the elastic analysis of structures. Plastic analysis is the method through which the actual failure load of a structure is calculated. However.Structural Analysis III 1. a structure will stand as long as it is able to find redundancies to yield. and as will be seen.

C. and simplest. the most common. model is the idealised stress-strain curve. Though complex models do exist to accurately reflect the above real behaviour of the material.1 Material Behaviour A uniaxial tensile stress on a ductile material such as mild steel typically provides the following graph of stress versus strain: As can be seen. Caprani . This property of the material is called its ductility. and the graph is: 5 Dr. the material can sustain strains far in excess of the strain at which yield occurs before failure.Structural Analysis III 2. Basis of Plastic Design 2. This is the curve for an ideal elastic-plastic material (which doesn’t exist).

we seek the relationship between applied moment and the rotation (or more accurately. the actual material (or cross section) must also be capable of allowing such strains. C. it must be sufficiently ductile for the idealised stress-strain curve to be valid. 6 Dr. Next we consider the behaviour of a cross section of an ideal elastic-plastic material subject to bending. once the yield has been reached it is taken that an indefinite amount of strain can occur. That is. the curvature) of a cross section. Caprani .Structural Analysis III As can be seen. In doing so. Since so much post-yield strain is modelled.

Caprani . and assess the stresses at each stage.2 Cross Section Behaviour Moment-Rotation Characteristics of General Cross Section We consider an arbitrary cross-section with a vertical plane of symmetry. We consider the cross section subject to an increasing bending moment. Cross-Section and Stresses Moment-Rotation Curve 7 Dr.Structural Analysis III 2. C. which is also the plane of loading.

This is termed the Plastic Moment Capacity of the section since there are no fibres at an elastic stress. This is limit of applicability of an elastic analysis and of elastic design. Stage 2 – Yield Moment The applied moment is just sufficient that the yield stress of the material is reached at the outermost fibre(s) of the cross-section.Structural Analysis III Stage 1 – Elastic Behaviour The applied moment causes stresses over the cross-section that are all less than the yield stress of the material. once the cross-section has 8 Dr. looses stiffness). Stage 3 – Elasto-Plastic Bending The moment applied to the cross section has been increased beyond the yield moment.e. extra rotation of the section occurs: the moment-rotation curve losses its linearity and curves. C. All other stresses in the cross section are less than the yield stress.0 . However. giving more rotation per unit moment (i. Any attempt at increasing the moment at this point simply results in more rotation. Thus over the cross section there is an elastic core and a plastic region. Also note that the full plastic moment requires an infinite strain at the neutral axis and so is physically impossible to achieve. Caprani .   0 . Since by the idealised stress-strain curve the material cannot sustain a stress greater than yield stress. Since all fibres are elastic. the ratio of the depth of the elastic to plastic regions.0    0 . The ratio of the depth of the elastic core to the plastic region is 1. it is closely approximated in practice. Stage 4 – Plastic Bending The applied moment to the cross section is such that all fibres in the cross section are at yield stress.   1. the fibres at the yield stress have progressed inwards towards the centre of the beam. Since extra moment is being applied and no stress is bigger than the yield stress.

Again. 9 Dr. a small amount of extra moment can be sustained. However. C. The above moment-rotation curve represents the behaviour of a cross section of a regular elastic-plastic material. it is usually further simplified as follows: With this idealised moment-rotation curve. the actual section must be capable of sustaining large rotations – that is it must be ductile. Therefore in steel members the cross section classification must be plastic and in concrete members the section must be under-reinforced.Structural Analysis III sufficient ductility. to use this idealisation. Caprani . Stage 5 – Strain Hardening Due to strain hardening of the material. the cross section linearly sustains moment up to the plastic moment capacity of the section and then yields in rotation an indeterminate amount.

Caprani . the section can rotate freely – that is. This is termed a plastic hinge. but strains and hence rotations can increase. 10 Dr. except with moment of M P at the hinge.Structural Analysis III Plastic Hinge Note that once the plastic moment capacity is reached. At the plastic hinge stresses remain constant. C. it behaves like a hinge. and is the basis for plastic analysis.

the force (or the volume of the stress block) is: 1 d C  T  Y b 2 2 Hence: 11 Dr. Taking the stress diagrams from those of the moment-rotation curve examined previously. C. and we do so for a rectangular section.Structural Analysis III Analysis of Rectangular Cross Section Since we now know that a cross section can sustain more load than just the yield moment. we are interested in how much more. In other words we want to find the yield moment and plastic moment. we have: Elastic Moment From the diagram: 2 MY  C  d 3 But. Caprani .

s. d:  1  d  2 d  ' M E   Y   2  3  2 2 2 bd  Y   6 The plastic component is: ' M P  CP  s The lever arm. Elasto-Plastic Moment The moment in the section is made up of plastic and elastic components: ' ' M EP  M E  M P The elastic component is the same as previous. is: s   d  hp 12 Dr.  d instead of the overall depth. Caprani .Structural Analysis III  1 d  2  M Y    Y b  d   2 2  3  bd 2  Y  6  Y  Z The term bd 2 6 is thus a property of the cross section called the elastic section modulus and it is termed Z. C. but for the reduced depth.

d d  2 2 s  d   d 1    2 The force is: C P   Y hp b  Yb d 1    2 Hence. Caprani . d   d  ' M P   Y b 1       1     2   2  2 bd  Y 1   2  4 And so the total elasto-plastic moment is: bd 2 bd 2  Y    Y 1   2  6 4 2 bd 2  3     Y  6 2 2 M EP 13 Dr.Structural Analysis III But d d d  1    2 2 hp  Thus. C.

14 Dr. Caprani . C. termed S.Structural Analysis III Plastic Moment From the stress diagram: MP  C  d 2 And the force is: C  T  Y d b 2 Hence:  bd  d  M P   Y   2  2   bd 2  Y  4  Y  S The term bd 2 4 is a property of the cross section called the plastic section modulus.

Therefore the shape factor is a good measure of the efficiency of a cross section in bending. C.5 Z bd 6 And so a rectangular section can sustain 50% more moment than the yield moment. Steel I-beam: f is between 1. we have: S bd 2 4 f   2  1. For a rectangular cross-section. Circle: f  1.12 and 1. Caprani .15. 15 Dr. Shape factors for some other cross sections are: Rectangle: f  1.5 . f. Diamond: f  2.Structural Analysis III Shape Factor Thus the ratio of elastic to plastic moment capacity is: M P Y  S S   MY Y  Z Z This ration is termed the shape factor. and is a property of a cross section alone. before a plastic hinge is formed.0 .698 . as above.

the curvature can be found by noting that the yield strain.  y . We begin by recalling the relationship between strain. y:  y This is a direct consequence of the assumption that plane sections remain plane and is independent of any constitutive law (e. occurs at a distance from the neutral axis of  d 2 .  . Caprani . C. the ratio curvature to yield curvature is:  2 Y  d 1   Y 2 Y d  From which   Y  . and distance from the neutral axis. We next identify the yield strain (that corresponds to the yield stress. linear elasticity). The curvature that occurs at the yield moment is therefore: Y   d 2 Y 2 Y d For moments applied beyond the yield moment.  y ) as  y .g. giving:   d 2  Y 2 Y d Thus. 16 Dr.Structural Analysis III Moment Rotation Curve of a Rectangular Section It is of interest to examine the moment-rotation curve as the moment approaches the plastic moment capacity of the section.

Caprani .5 1.25 0 0 1 2 3 4  / Y 5 6 7 8 17 Dr.5 0.Structural Analysis III Also.5   MY  Y  Plotting this gives: 1.75 0.25 1 M /M Y 0.5  0. the ratio of elasto-plastic moment to yield moment is: bd 2  3   Y  M 6 2  2 bd MY Y 6 2  3     2 2 If we now substitute the value   Y  we find: 2 M 1   Y    3     MY 2      And so finally we have: 2   M  1. C.

Since this is impossible.Structural Analysis III There are some important observations to be made from this graph:  To reach the plastic moment capacity of the section requires large curvatures.7% of the plastic moment capacity. C. To demonstrate this last point.495 MY Since this is about 99. This is about the level of ductility a section requires to be of use in any plastic collapse analysis.5  0. we see that the plastic moment capacity of a section is a good approximation of the section’s capacity. we examine it further. At this strain. These calculations are based on a ductility ratio of 10. 18 Dr. for other cross-section shapes we have the moment-curvature relations shown in the following figure. Thus the section must be ductile. the corresponding moment ratio is: M 2  1.  The full cross-section plasticity associated with the plastic moment capacity of a section can only be reached at infinite curvature (or infinite strain). Lastly. that the idea of the plastic moment capacity of section is still useful.5 10   1. we realise that the full plastic moment capacity is unobtainable. Caprani . Firstly we note that strain hardening in mild steel begins to occur at a strain of about 10 Y .

14)  Y (Adapted from Bruneau et al (1998)) 19 Dr.7 f = 1.Structural Analysis III M MY f = 2.0) Typical I-Section (f  1.5 f = 1. Caprani .27 Ideal I-Section (f  1.0 f = 1. C.

Further. C. more of the section will be in compression and so the neutral axis will drop. it should be apparent that the moment capacity of the section therefore depends on the amount of axial load being carried. In the presence of axial force. clearly some material must be given over to carry the axial force and so is not available to carry moment. Considering a compression load as positive. we have: This is more easily analyzed if we consider decompose the stress diagram into an equivalent bending component and a fictitious axial stress of 2 Y as shown below: 20 Dr. reducing the capacity of the section. If we consider the moment and axial force separately. Caprani .Structural Analysis III Effect of Axial Force on the Plastic Moment Capacity Thus far the cross sections considered are only carrying moment.

M PC . Caprani . 21 Dr.Structural Analysis III The axial force corresponding to this state is: P  2 Y b   d  If we label the plastic ‘squash load’ of the section as: PC   Y bd Then we have: P  2 PC Next. M P   Y bd 2 and the expression for P above: 4 M PC  bd 2  1    Y    2 Y b   d    2  d    4      bd 2  2  Y  1  4    4   Giving. is got by taking moments about the centroidal axis: 1  M PC  M P  P   d  2  Using. the collapse moment that this section offers. C.

Caprani . we now have: C  P M PC 2  1   2   1    MP  PC  2 Thus the interaction equation is:  M PC   MP   P     1   PC  2 Plotting this shows the yield surface (which can be shown is always convex): 1 0. given by: 22 Dr.2 0 0 0.8 1 Also shown in this plot is an approximate interaction line for I-sections.6 0.4 0.2 0. C.6 M PC /M P 0.8 Rectangular Section I-Section P /PC 0.Structural Analysis III M PC  M P 1  4 2  Noting that 2  P P from earlier.4 0.

C. This is because the web carries the axial load whilst contributing little to the moment capacity of the section. Shear force can also reduce the plastic moment capacity of a section in some cases.15 : PC This says that for I-sections with an axial load of less than 15% of the squash load. the full plastic moment capacity may be still considered. Caprani .18 1   MP  PC  M PC  1. 23 Dr.Structural Analysis III  M PC P  1.15 : PC P  0. a three dimensional failure surface is required.0 MP P  0. In the presence of axial and shear.

Caprani . C. The bending moment at the centre of the beam is given by: MC  PL 4 24 Dr.3 Plastic Hinge Formation Simply-Supported Beam We investigate the collapse of a simply supported beam under central point load with the information we now have.Structural Analysis III 2.

C. The collapse load occurs when the moment at the centre reaches the plastic moment capacity: MC  M P  PP L 4 4M P  PP  L The ratio collapse to yield load is: PP 4M P L M P   PY 4M Y L M Y But since. 25 Dr. since the extra hinge turns the statically determinate beam into a mechanism. This is a general result: the ratio of collapse load to first yield load is the shape factor of the member. for statically determinate prismatic structures. MP S  f MY Z The ratio is just the shape factor of the section. Caprani .Structural Analysis III Therefore the load at which yield first occurs is: MC  MY  PY L 4 4M Y  PY  L Collapse of this beam occurs when the plastic hinge forms at the centre of the beam.

Equating the first two equations gives:  M   L 1  M P  M Y   L 1  Y   L 1   MP f    MP  lp  And so for a beam with a rectangular cross section ( f  1.Structural Analysis III Shape of the Plastic Hinge We are also interested in the plastic hinge. and where z  lp 2 . the shape of the hinge follows from the first and third equation: 26 Dr. Caprani .5  3  Lastly. C. Using similar triangles from the bending moment diagram at collapse.5 ) the plastic hinge extends for a length: 1  L  l p  L 1   1. where l p is the total length of the plastic region. the plastic material zones extend from the centre out to the point where the moment equals the yield moment. we see that: M P M P  M Y M P  M EP   L lp 2z In which M EP is the elasto-plastic moment at a distance z from the plastic hinge. and the zone of elasto-plastic bending. As can be seen from the diagram.

C. Using a similar form of analysis. we can show that under a UDL the plastic hinge has a linear profile given by z L  2 3 and that its length is L 3. 27 Dr. is L 3 at the location where   1.0 . Caprani .Structural Analysis III M P M P  M EP  L 2z z 1   M P  M EP  L 2M P z 1  M EP   1   L 2 MP  From our expressions for the elasto-plastic and plastic moments. and confirms that the total length of the hinge. l p  2 z . we have: 2 2 z 1   Y  bd 6  1 2   3      1    L 2  Y  bd 2 4    1 2 1   1     3   2   2 3 2  z 2  L 6 This shows that the plastic region has a parabolic profile.

‘brute-force’. This is a labour-intensive. Virtual work equations are then written for this collapse state.Structural Analysis III 3. C. This method satisfies the mechanism condition first. We will concentrate mainly on the Kinematic Method. allowing the calculations of the collapse bending moment diagram. Caprani . The Equilibrium (or Statical) Method In this method. a collapse mechanism is first postulated.1 Introduction There are three main approaches for performing a plastic analysis: The Incremental Method This is probably the most obvious approach: the loads on the structure are incremented until the first plastic hinge forms. 28 Dr. free and reactant bending moment diagrams are drawn. approach. but introduce now the Incremental Method to illustrate the main concepts. but one that is most readily suited for computer implementation. The Kinematic (or Mechanism) Method In this method. These diagrams are overlaid to identify the likely locations of plastic hinges. This continues until sufficient hinges have formed to collapse the structure. leaving the remaining two criteria to be derived therefrom. Methods of Plastic Analysis 3. This method therefore satisfies the equilibrium criterion first leaving the two remaining criterion to derived therefrom.

we want this beam to be safe at a working load of 32 kN.2 Incremental Analysis Illustrative Example – Propped Cantilever We now assess the behaviour of a simple statically indeterminate structure under increasing load.Structural Analysis III 3. so we start there. To do this. We will also look at the deflections for better understanding of the behaviour. We consider a propped cantilever with mid-span point load: From previous analyses we know that: MA  3PL 16 MC  5PL 32 We will take the span to be L  1 m and the cross section to have the following capacities: M Y  7.0 kNm Further. C. we will take EI  10 kNm2 .5 kNm M P  9. 29 Dr. Caprani .

17 mm 768EI 768 10  The rotation at A is. we know that yield stress has not been reached at any point in the beam. The corresponding deflection under the point load is: 7  32  13  7 PL3 C    29. Caprani .Structural Analysis III Load of 32 kN At this value of load the BMD is as shown. of course. C. The load factor before yielding occurs. based on the maximum moment (at A) and the yield moment is 7.25 × 32 = 40 kN will cause yielding. Also. 30 Dr. Thus a load of 1.25. the maximum moment occurs at A and so this point will first reach the yield moment.5/6 = 1. zero. with: 3 32 1  6kNm 16 5  32 1  5 kNm 32 MA  MC  Since the peak moments are less than the yield moments.

The deflection is: 7  40  13  768 10  C   36. 31 Dr. The moment at A has now reached the yield moment and so the outer fibres at A are at yield stress. C. The rotation at A is still zero. This applies because the beam is linearly elastic to this point.17 mm of course.25 × 29.Structural Analysis III Load of 40 kN At this load the BDM becomes that as shown.45 mm Which is the same as the load factor 1. Caprani .

Note that the structure does not collapse since there are not sufficient hinges for it to be a mechanism yet: it now acts like a simply-supported beam with a pin at A (the plastic hinge) and B (the pin support). The moment at A is now 9 kNm – the plastic moment capacity of the section – and so the cross section at A has fully yielded.Structural Analysis III Load of 48 kN The BMD is as shown. but A can rotate freely with constant moment of 9 kNm. Note that the assumption of an idealised bilinear moment-rotation curve means that the actual deflection will be greater as some rotation will occur – see Moment Rotation Curve of a Rectangular Section on page 16 for example. Thus a plastic hinge has formed at A and so no extra moment can be taken at A. On the assumption of an idealised moment-rotation curve. C. the moment at C has reached the yield moment. 32 Dr. Also. the deflection is now: 7  48 13  768 10  C   43.75 mm And the rotation at A is till zero (although it is free to rotate beyond this point). Caprani .

05 mm. no extra moment can be taken there and M A must remain 9 kNm whilst allowing rotation to freely occur.5 kNm bring the total moment at C to 9 kNm – the plastic moment capacity of the section. C. all of the extra moment caused by the increase in load of 54  48  6 kN must be taken by the structure as if it were a simply-supported beam. Caprani . The deflection is now comprised of two parts: the propped cantilever deflection of 1. a beam free to rotate at both ends. Therefore. Therefore a plastic hinge forms at C and the structure is not capable of sustaining anymore load – becomes a mechanism – and so collapse ensues. Similarly the rotation at A now comes from the additional 6 kN load only:  6  1    43.5 mrad 16 EI 16 10  This behaviour is summarized in the following diagram: 33 Dr.75  =56.25 mm 48 10  3 C 2 PL2  6  1  A    37. and the simply-supported beam deflection due to the extra load of 54 – 48 = 6 kN.Structural Analysis III Load of 54 kN Since the moment at A has already reached the plastic moment of the section. The extra moment at C is thus PL 4  6 1 4  1. That is.

25.Structural Analysis III Since there are now two plastic hinges. 48 36. 40 Load (kN) 40 30 29. The load-deflection graph of the results shows the formation of the first hinge.e.75. Caprani . the structure cannot sustain any more load and thus collapses at 54 kN. the structure becomes less stiff): Deflection at C Rotation at A 60 50 56.17. 0 10 20 30 40 Deflection (mm). Rotation (mrad) 50 60 34 Dr. 54 43. as the slope of the line changes (i. C.45. 32 20 10 0 0 0.

3. 35 Dr. as required by equilibrium – only the height of the reactant bending moment diagram varied. The height of the free bending moment diagram was PL 4 throughout. This difference of 35% represents the extra capacity of the structure over the elastic capacity. so to ignore it would be very inefficient.Structural Analysis III Discussion There are several things to note from this analysis: 1. 2. However. C. Caprani . Some of these points are general for any plastic analysis and these generalities are known as the Theorems of Plastic Analysis.2 . 5. but is very laborious. 40 kN. At the end of the analysis M A  M C  9 kNm and so M A M C  1. Since for an elastic analysis M A M C   3PL 16   5PL 32   1. 4. it is evident that our analysis is not an elastic analysis and so is a plastic analysis. If there was not sufficient ductility there may have a brittle-type catastrophic failure at A resulting in the beam failing by rotating about B before the full plastic capacity of the structure is realized. This is the basis of the Equilibrium Method. Therefore it is only by having sufficient ductility that a plastic analysis can be used. greater than the load at which yield first occurs. the elastic limit. The actual load carried by the beam is 54 kN. At the point of collapse we had 4 reactions and 2 plastic hinges giving a statical indeterminacy of R  C  3  4  2  3  1 which is a mechanism and so collapse occurs. The load can only increase from 48 kN to 54 kN once the cross section at A has sufficient ductility to allow it rotate thereby allowing the extra load to be taken at C. before looking at these theorems we need a simpler way of analysing for the collapse of structures: the Incremental Method just used clearly works.

25 32 Prior to the limit-state approach. C. 37 Dr. For our example: FoS  40  1.Structural Analysis III Factor of Safety This is defined as: FoS  First yield load Working Load The FoS is an elastic analysis measure of the safety of a design. codes of practice were based on this definition of safety. Caprani .

2. Draw the primary(or free) bending moment diagram. as applied to the primary structure. 5. We now apply this method to the Illustrative Example previously analyzed. Find a primary structure by removing redundants until the structure is statically determinate. 6. 4.Structural Analysis III 3. For different possible collapse mechanisms. C. Construct a composite BMD by combing the primary and reactant BMDs. Caprani . repeat steps 6 and 7. Calculate the collapse load factor. Draw the reactant BMD for each redundant. Choose the points where plastic hinges are likely to form and introduce into the equilibrium equations. 38 Dr.4 Equilibrium Method Introduction To perform this analysis we generally follow the following steps: 1. Determine the equilibrium equations from the composite BMD. 7. varying the hinge locations. or plastic moment capacity as required. 3.

instead of drawing the two BMDs on opposite sides (as is actually the case). This is best explained by illustration below: 39 Dr. C. Caprani . the reactant BMD is drawn ‘flipped’ over the line and subtracted from the primary BMD: the net remaining area is the final BMD. By convention in the Equilibrium Method. in constructing the Composite BMD.Structural Analysis III Illustrative Example – Continued Steps 1 to 3 of the Equilibrium Method are illustrated in the following diagram: For Step 4. we arbitrarily choose tension on the underside of the beam as positive.

Setting M A  M C  M P in the equilibrium equation gives: MP  PL M P  4 2 This is equivalent to drawing the following diagram: For Step 7. can actually have any value (for example.Structural Analysis III As may be seen from the composite diagram. we recognize that there are two hinges required to collapse the structure and identify the peak moments from the diagram as being at A and C. we solve this equation for the collapse load: 40 Dr. if a rotational spring support existed at A). For Step 5. Thus these are the likely hinge locations. once overall equilibrium of the structure is maintained through the primary (or free) BMD ordinate of PL 4 . Caprani . from the diagram. C. the equilibrium equation is: MC  PL M A  4 2 For Step 6. M A .

Thus: 6 9 1 32  And so the collapse load factor is: C  1. Caprani . C.Structural Analysis III 3 PL MP  2 4 6M P P L For our particular example. L  1 m . 41 Dr. M P  9 kNm .6875 Which is the same as the results previously found. and P  32 .

we will choose to ignore the elastic deformations between plastic hinges.  Compatible set: the virtual collapsed configuration (see below).Structural Analysis III 3.5 Kinematic Method Using Virtual Work Introduction Probably the easiest way to carry out a plastic analysis is through the Kinematic Method using virtual work. To do this we allow the presumed shape at collapse to be the compatible displacement set. and take the members to be straight between them. 42 Dr. only compatible. and solve for the collapse load factor for that supposed mechanism. Remember:  Equilibrium set: the internal bending moments at collapse. We can then equate external and internal virtual work. C. Note that in the actual collapse configuration the members will have elastic deformation in between the plastic hinges. since a virtual displacement does not have to be real. and the external loading and internal bending moments to be the equilibrium set. However. Caprani .

and we think that the hinges will occur under the points of peak moment. giving: Notice that the collapse load is the working load times the collapse load factor. Caprani . A and C. C. This result is as found before. Therefore impose a unit virtual displacement at C and relate the corresponding virtual rotations of the hinges using S  R .Structural Analysis III Illustrative Example – Continued Actual Collapse Mechanism So for our previous beam. we know that we require two hinges for collapse (one more than its degree of redundancy). So:  32 1   M  2    M  4  P P At A At C  We   WI 32  6M P  69  1.6875 32 since M P  9 kNm . 43 Dr.

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Other Collapse Mechanisms For the collapse mechanism looked at previously, it seemed obvious that the plastic hinge in the span should be beneath the load. But why? Using virtual work we can examine any possible collapse mechanism. So let’s consider the following collapse mechanism and see why the plastic hinge has to be located beneath the load.

Plastic Hinge between A and C: Imposing a unit virtual deflection at B, we get the following collapse mechanism:

And so the virtual work equation becomes:

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9  a  1 16 1  a   

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And so we see that the collapse load factor for this mechanism depends on the position of the plastic hinge in the span.

Plastic Hinge between C and B: Again imposing a unit virtual deflection at B we get:

And so the virtual work equation becomes:

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0.5a   a   a   1    M P     M P  1 a  1 a  1 a 
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Using M P  9 kNm :
9 1  a  16  a   

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Eq. (2)

And again we see that the load factor depends on the position of the hinge.

Summary Plotting how the collapse load factor changes with the position of the hinge, we get:

5 4.5 4

3.5 3 2.5 2 1.5 1 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 Distance from Support A (m) 0.8 0.9 1 1.6875 Eq 1 Eq 2

This tells us that when the load reaches 1.6875 times the working load (i.e. 54 kN) a hinge will form underneath the load, at point C, 0.5 m from support A. It also tells us that it would take more than 54 kN for a hinge to form at any other place, assuming it hadn’t already formed at C. Thus the actual collapse load factor is the smallest of all the possible load factors. Hence we can see that in analysing proposed collapse mechanisms, we are either correct ( C  1.6875 ) or we are unsafe (   C ). This is why plastic analysis is an upperbound method. 46 Dr. C. Caprani

but with an increased number of hinges. two (or more) possible collapse mechanisms are found ( h  r  1) with the actual collapse load factor. A common example is a single span of a continuous beam.Structural Analysis III 3. Over-Complete Collapse For some frames. h  r  1. Partial Collapse This occurs when h  r  1. r. h  r  1 (the degree of indeterminacy plus one). of a localised section of the structure can form. C. (making it a determinate structure) with an extra hinge for collapse. but a collapse mechanism. Therefore they can be combined to form another collapse mechanism with the same collapse load factor.6 Types of Plastic Collapse Complete Collapse In the cases considered so far. collapse occurred when a hinge occurred for each of the number of redundants. Caprani . Thus the number of hinges formed. 47 Dr.

1 Criteria In Plastic Analysis to identify the correct load factor. there are three criteria of importance: 1. C. or a part of. 2.Structural Analysis III 4. Equilibrium: the internal bending moments must be in equilibrium with the external loading. 48 Dr. Theorems of Plastic Analysis 4. can deform as a mechanism. Based on these criteria. Mechanism: at collapse the structure. we have the following theorems. Caprani . 3. Yield: no point in the structure can have a moment greater than the plastic moment capacity of the section it is applied to.

by this theorem a plastic analysis is either right or dangerous. This is called the unsafe theorem because for an arbitrarily assumed mechanism the load factor is either exactly right (when the yield criterion is met) or is wrong and is too large. 49 Dr. This is why plastic analyses are not used as often in practice as one might suppose. When we varied the position of the hinge we found a collapse load factor that was either correct (   C  1.6875 ) or was too big (   C ). C. then the corresponding load factor is either greater than or equal to the true load factor at collapse. The above theorem can be easily seen to apply to the Illustrative Example. Since a plastic analysis will generally meet the equilibrium and mechanism criteria. Think of it like this: unless it’s exactly right.Structural Analysis III 4. Caprani . it’s dangerous.2 The Upperbound (Unsafe) Theorem This can be stated as: If a bending moment diagram is found which satisfies the conditions of equilibrium and mechanism (but not necessarily yield). leading a designer to think that the frame can carry more load than is actually possible.

This is a safe theorem because the load factor will be less than (or at best equal to) the collapse load factor once equilibrium and yield criteria are met leading the designer to think that the structure can carry less than or equal to its actual capacity. C. Think of it like this: it’s either wrong and safe or right and safe. then the corresponding load factor is either less than or equal to the true load factor at collapse.Structural Analysis III 4.3 The Lowerbound (Safe) Theorem This can be stated as: If a bending moment diagram is found which satisfies the conditions of equilibrium and yield (but not necessarily that of mechanism). an elastic analysis will always be safe. Since an elastic analysis will always meet equilibrium and yield conditions. in spite of the significant extra capacity that plastic analysis offers. Caprani . This is the main reason that it is elastic analysis that is used. 50 Dr.

51 Dr. mechanism. we have: If a bending moment distribution can be found which satisfies the three conditions of equilibrium. Equilibrium.and lower-bound theorems. C. Yield. it is possible for more than one collapse mechanism to satisfy the Uniqueness Theorem. 2.4 The Uniqueness Theorem Linking the upper. then the corresponding load factor is the true load factor at collapse. The permutations of the three criteria and the three theorems are summarized in the following table: Criterion Mechanism Equilibrium Yield Upperbound Lowerbound Unique Theorem (Unsafe) Theorem (Safe) Theorem     C      C       C   The Uniqueness Theorem does not claim that any particular collapse mechanism is unique – only that the collapse load factor is unique.Structural Analysis III 4. Although rare. 3. but they will have the same load factor. Mechanism. So to have identified the correct load factor (and hence collapse mechanism) for a structure we need to meet all three of the criteria: 1. Caprani . and yield.

3. it is essential that the designer considers the actual collapse more. 4. 52 Dr. The collapse load of a structure cannot be decreased by increasing the strength of any part of it (Lowerbound Theorem).5 Corollaries of the Theorems Some other results immediately apparent from the theorems are the following: 1. 2.Structural Analysis III 4. Caprani . The collapse load is independent of initial stresses and the order in which the plastic hinges form (Uniqueness Theorem). The collapse load of a structure cannot be increased by decreasing the strength of any part of it (Upperbound Theorem). in doing so. then the actual collapse load will be the lowest of these (Upperbound Theorem). However. To not do so would lead to an unsafe design by the Upperbound Theorem. The first point above is the basis for using virtual work in plastic analysis. C. If the collapse loads are determined for all possible mechanisms.

6875 and this occurred when the hinge was under the point load.5  9  VB  0  VB  18 kN Thus. C. from a free-body diagram of CB . 2. M C  18  0.6 Application of the Theorems Illustrative Example – Continued Plastic Hinge Under the Load We discovered previously that the collapse load factor was 1.5  9 kNm as expected.Structural Analysis III 4. this collapse mechanism should meet all three criteria of the Uniqueness Theorem: 1. Therefore. Caprani . Thus the equilibrium condition is met. Mechanism: Given the number of hinges it is obvious the structure collapses: R  C  3  4  2  3  1 53 Dr. Equilibrium: check on the moment at C say: M about A  0 54  0.

Caprani .Structural Analysis III 3. 54 Dr. Since all three conditions are met we are assured that the have the actual collapse load factor by the Uniqueness Theorem. Yield: Check that there is no moment greater than M P  9 kNm : And so the yield criterion is met. C.

5   VB a  0 VB  MP 16  32  a a Thus the moment under the point load is: MP 8  16  2a a M C  0.5  VB  55 Dr. For the case of the hinge between A and C: To determine this BMD. C. we can check these collapse modes against the Uniqueness Theorem. we calculate the reaction VB by considering the free body diagram BCD: M about D  0  M P  32  a  0.Structural Analysis III Other Collapse Modes Using the analyses carried out previously for different positions of the plastic hinge. Caprani .

0 .Structural Analysis III Substituting in the expression for  from Eq. we have: 56 Dr. C. M C  M P as shown in the BMD. Caprani . which is of course the correct solution.5 does M C  M P . Only when a  0.5  a  1. (1) previously: MP  8   M  a  1   16    P   2a  a   16  1  a    MC  Which after some algebra becomes:  a  MC  M P  1  a   And so because 0. For the case of the hinge being between C and B.

Notice that in these examples the mechanism and equilibrium conditions are always met. In cases where one of the conditions of the Uniqueness Theorem is not met. we find the reaction VB by considering the free body diagram DB: M about D  0  M P  VB a  0 VB  MP a Thus the moment under the point load at C is: 1 MC  M P    2a  And since 0  a  0.5 does M C  M P . Therefore the Upperbound Theorem tells us that our solutions in such cases are either correct (as in when a  0.5 ) or are unsafe (as in   C ).5 then   1 2a  1 and so M C  M P . Therefore. the Uniqueness Theorem tells us that the solution is not the correct one. Summary We have seen that for any position of the plastic hinge. other than at exactly C. we assume a different collapse mechanism and try again. Caprani . 57 Dr. in such cases. the yield condition is not met.Structural Analysis III Again. Again only when a  0. C.

If we take the M P of each member to be some factor. and since the sum of work done on both sides is positive. Caprani . then we have: i   Pj ji  M P   j ji Since work is a scalar quantity.7 Plastic Design Load Factor and Plastic Moment Capacity When we come to design a structure using plastic methods. it is the load factor that is known in advance and it is the plastic moment capacity that is the objective.Structural Analysis III 4. we can plot the load factor against the plastic moment capacity. of a nominal M P . We do so for two cases: 58 Dr. we can see that the load factor and plastic moment capacity have a linear relationship of slope m for each collapse mechanism i: i  M P     P j j ji ji i  mi  M P Thus for each collapse mechanism.  . 1  k  nm . ji ji In which j is an individual load and deflection or plastic moment and rotation pair of collapse mechanism i. The general virtual work equations for a proposed collapse mechanism i is  We   WI i   Pj ji   M P . C.

C. M P * .Structural Analysis III 1. Design Load Factor Known – Plastic Moment Capacity Required: 59 Dr. Caprani . Load Factor Required – Design Plastic Moment Capacity Known: We can see from this graph that for a particular value of the plastic moment capacity. collapse mechanism k gives the lowest load factor and so by the Upperbound Theorem is the true collapse mechanism. 2.

60 Dr.Structural Analysis III From this graph we can see that for a particular value of the load factor. However. the above is summarized as: C  min i  min  mi  M P   M P min mi Hence when the desired C is specified: MP  C min mi 1  C max    mi    Pj ji  M P  C max      j jì    In summary. since by the Upperbound Theorem we know collapse mechanism k to be the true collapse mechanism.  * . C. Caprani . collapse mechanism k gives the highest design plastic moment capacity. M P . Mathematically. if:  Design plastic moment capacity is known – design for lowest load factor.  Design load factor is known – design for highest plastic moment capacity. it is therefore the highest value of M P from each of the mechanisms that is required. using the Upperbound Theorem.

of Plastic Hinges Required  Indet  1 However. thus: No. this does not apply in cases of local partial collapses. The Three Theorems of Plastic Analysis: Criterion Mechanism Equilibrium Yield Collapse Load Factor By the Unsafe Theorem.8 Summary of Important Points Number of Hinges Required for Collapse: In general we require sufficient hinges to turn the structure into a mechanism.i 1i  nm 61 Dr. which applies when the virtual work method is used: Upperbound Lowerbound Unique Theorem (Unsafe) Theorem (Safe) Theorem     C      C       C   C  1in i min m Design Value of Plastic Moment Capacity The design value of M P is the maximum of the design values for M P from each collapse mechanism: M P  max M P . C. Caprani .Structural Analysis III 4.

1 Example 1 – Fixed-Fixed Beam with Point Load For the following beam. So looking at the elastic BMD. since one of the indeterminacies is horizontal restraint. C. find the load at collapse. Caprani . This structure is 3˚ statically indeterminate and so we might expect the number of plastic hinges required to be 4. 62 Dr. we examine the usual elastic BMD to see where the plastic hinges are likely to form: We also need to know how many hinges are required. Plastic Analysis of Beams 5. Thus for a bending collapse only 2 indeterminacies apply and so it will only take 3 plastic hinges to cause collapse. and C. B. However.Structural Analysis III 5. given that M P  60 kNm : To start the problem. we’ll assume a collapse mechanism with the 3 plastic hinges at the peak moment locations: A. removing it would not change the bending behaviour of the beam.

we impose a virtual rotation of  to the plastic hinge at A and using the S  R rule. and then apply the virtual work equation: P  6   M P    M P   3   M P  3  At A At C At B  We   WI 6 P  8M P 8 P  MP 6 Since M P  60 kNm the load required for collapse is P  80 kN and so the collapse BMD for this mechanism is: We need to check that this is the correct solution using the Uniqueness Theorem: 63 Dr. C. Caprani . relate all other displacements to it.Structural Analysis III Next.

using a free body diagram of CB: M about C  0  M C  2VB  0  M C  120 kNm And so the applied load is in equilibrium with the free BMD of the collapse BMD. Caprani . 64 Dr. C. Mechanism: From the proposed collapse mechanism it is apparent that the beam is a mechanism.Structural Analysis III 1. is the correct solution. by the Uniqueness Theorem. 3. Yield: From the collapse BMD it can be seen that nowhere is M P exceeded. Thus the solution meets the three conditions and so. 2. Equilibrium: We’ll check that the height of the free BMD is 120 kNm as per the collapse BMD: M about A  0 80  6  8VB  0 VB  60 kN Thus.

2 Example 2 – Propped Cantilever with Two Point Loads For the following beam. C.Structural Analysis III 5. there are two real possibilities: Mechanism 1: Plastic Hinge at C Mechanism 2: Plastic Hinge at D 65 Dr. Since maximum moments occur underneath point loads.0. Caprani . for a load factor of 2. find the required plastic moment capacity: Allowing for the load factor. we need to design the beam for the following loads: Once again we try to picture possible failure mechanisms.

  2. Caprani . Mechanism 1: Plastic Hinge at C:  We   WI   75  2   30    M P    M P     2  At A At C 5 180  M P 2 2 M P   180 5 But the load factor.Structural Analysis III Therefore. 66 Dr. we analyse both and apply the Upperbound Theorem to find the design plastic moment capacity. giving M P  144 kNm .0 . C.

we’ll check that the height of the free BMD is that of the equivalent simply-supported beam. we choose M P  144 kNm as the design moment and recognize Mechanism 1 to be the correct failure mechanism. So by the application of the Upperbound theorem for the design plastic capacity. C.Structural Analysis III Mechanism 2: Plastic Hinge at D: 75  2   30  4   M P    M P   2  At A At D  We   WI 270  4M P MP  270  4 Using   2. We check this by the Uniqueness Theorem: 1.0 then gives M P  135 kNm . Caprani . Firstly the collapse BMD from Mechanism 1 is: 67 Dr. Equilibrium: Using the BMD at collapse.

using appropriate free body diagrams of AC and DB: 68 Dr. Caprani . the total heights of the free BMD are: M C  96  144  240 kNm M D  48  132  180 kNm Checking these using a simply-supported beam analysis:  M about A  0 F  0 y 150  2  60  4  6VB  0 VB  90 kN 150  60  90  VA  0 VA  120 kN Thus.Structural Analysis III Hence. C.

it must not be the correct solution because it must violate the yield condition. Yield: From the collapse BMD it can be seen that nowhere is the design M P  144 kNm exceeded. we’ll examine why the Mechanism 2 collapse is not the correct solution. Lastly. Caprani . and these we have. C. 3. Also. Since the virtual work method provides an upperbound. since it is a propped cantilever and thus one degree indeterminate. 2. by the Uniqueness Theorem. Mechanism: From the proposed collapse mechanism it is apparent that the beam is a mechanism.Structural Analysis III M C  120  2  240 kNm M D  90  2  180 kNm And so the applied load is in equilibrium with the free BMD of the collapse BMD. Thus by the Uniqueness Theorem we have the correct solution. we require two plastic hinges for collapse. Using the collapse Mechanism 2 to determine reactions. then. we can draw the following BMD for collapse Mechanism 2: 69 Dr.

and so the design plastic moment capacity must be 144 kNm as implied previously from the Upperbound Theorem. C. Caprani . 70 Dr.Structural Analysis III From this it is apparent that Mechanism 2 is not the unique solution.

from A: Using S  R . we find the rotation at B:  aL  L 1  a  B 71 Dr. it is not readily apparent where the plastic hinge should be located in the span.3 Example 3 – Propped Cantilever under UDL For the general case of a propped cantilever. we need to keep the location of the span hinge variable at say. find the locations of the plastic hinges at collapse.Structural Analysis III 5. For this case of a propped cantilever we require 2 hinges. aL. one of which will occur at A. C. Caprani . as should be obvious. When considering UDLs. and express the load at collapse in terms of the plastic moment capacity. However.

we can plot the function  K against a to visualize where the minimum might occur: 72 Dr. noting that the external work done by a UDL is the average distance it moves.Structural Analysis III And so: B    a 1  a  Thus. we have: 2 2a  K   a  1 a  Thus the collapse load factor is a function of the position of the hinge. C. we have:  We   WI   wL    a     M P    M P       1 a   2   At A At C  aL   waL a    2 1 a    waL2 2a  MP   2  1 a  2   M P  2   2M P  2  a    waL2  1  a  If we introduce a non-dimensional quantity. a. Also. Caprani . K  M P wL2 . as expected.

C. we look for the minimum load factor using: d 0 da To do this.2 0. Caprani .656) To determine the critical collapse load factor. suing the Upperbound Theorem.8 Position Along Beam.586.Structural Analysis III 20 Non-dimensional Collapse Load Factor. we’ll expand the fraction: 2 2a  4  2a K  K a  1 a  a  a2 Using the quotient rule for derivates: du dv u dy  dx 2 dx dx v 2 d   a  a   2    4  2a 1  2a   0 2 2 da a  a  v 73 Dr.2 (0.6 0. aL 1 1.4 0. /K 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 0 0 0. 11.

656 P2 wL C  These values are shown in the graph previously. the collapse load factor is: MP 2  2  0586     wL2 0. then: a  2  2  0.586  1  0. Caprani . C.586 At this value for a.586  M  11. The collapse BMD is: 74 Dr.Structural Analysis III Thus multiplying across by  a  a 2  and simplifying gives: 2 2a 2  8a  4  0 Thus: 8  82  4  2  4  2  2  a 2 2 Since we know 0  a  1.

then we have: MP   wL2 8 M M   8 P2  C  11. This is one of the main reasons elastic analyses are mostly used in practice. and since M max  M A we meet the yield condition. C. Consider the standard elastic BMD for this structure which meets the equilibrium condition: wL2 MA  8 M max 9wL2  128 If we increase the load by a load factor  so that M A  M P .656 P2 wL wL By meeting the equilibrium and yield conditions. Caprani . we have a lowerbound on the critical load factor without doing the virtual work analysis. but not the mechanism condition.Structural Analysis III The propped cantilever is a good structure to illustrate the use of the Lowerbound Theorem. 75 Dr.

76 Dr.Structural Analysis III 5. there are only two types of spans: interior and end spans. collapse must occur in one (or more) of the spans separately.  The beam is prismatic (so all spans have equal M P ). Caprani .4 Continuous Beams Common but Special Case We consider there a common but special case of continuous beam. In this case. We will consider these in turn. Purlins and other forms of continuous beams fall into this category. an overall collapse of the structure cannot occur. The limitations are:  All spans are equal. Instead. However. C.  All spans are subject to an equal UDL.

Structural Analysis III Interior Span The collapse mechanism for a typical interior span is given below: Carrying out the virtual work analysis gives: 1 L   wL      M P  2M P  M P   2 2  wL2   4M P 4 Thus: MP   wL2 16 C  16M P wL2 77 Dr. C. Caprani .

Structural Analysis III End Span The collapse mechanism for the end spans is given below: In this case we do not know immediately where the second hinge is to be located. C.656 MP wL2 78 Dr.656 C  11. comparison with the propped cantilever analysis of Example 3 shows that the analysis is the same. However. Caprani . Thus the results are: MP   wL2 11.

656 LEnd 11. Two possible solutions to this are apparent: 1. 79 Dr. Thus the collapse of a continuous beam is always a partial or complete collapse. The ratio of lengths must be such that the plastic moments required are the same: MP   wL2Int 16   wL2End 11.656) greater than the interior spans do. Caprani . 2. C. the number of hinges required is h  r  1.656   0. the connection (or splice) between the two beam sections should therefore occur at the point of contraflexure in the penultimate span (about 0.853 LInt 16 Thus the most economic design is one where the end spans are 85% of the interior spans. Choose the span lengths so that a beam of prismatic section is optimized. Strengthen the end spans: provide a section of 37% greater capacity for the end span. Noting that the plastic hinge must form over the first interior support. since it is a single span that is considered to collapse at a time (and not the overall structure). Lastly.2L inside the span).Structural Analysis III Discussion Immediately obvious from the forgoing analysis is that the end spans govern the design of the beam: they require a plastic moment capacity 37% (16/11.

having chosen the redundants to be the moments over the supports: Since each span can be considered to collapse separately.5 Example 4 – Continuous Beam We will analyse the following beam for the loads: w1  10 kN/m . C.Structural Analysis III 5. Caprani . we draw the composite diagrams and write h equilibrium equations for each span separately: 80 Dr. P2  60 kN 1 We carry out the analysis using the Equilibrium Method (since we have used the Kinematic Method mostly so far). w2  30 kN/m . Firstly we draw the free bending moment diagrams. P  45 kN .

C. we need three hinges and so M B  M C : M Mid  135  M B 81 Dr. Caprani .Structural Analysis III Span AB: Note for this span we must take M A  M B since it requires three hinges to fail and one plastic hinge moment cannot be greater than another (the beam is prismatic): M Mid  170  M A Thus if all three moments are to be equal to M P at collapse. we have: M P  170  M P 2M P  170 M P  85 kNm Span BC: Similarly to span AB.

C.5 kNm Span BC: For Span BC we only need two hinges due to the pinned end support: 1 M Mid  120  M C 3 At collapse. The bending moment diagram corresponding to this case is: 82 Dr. we again have all moments equal to M P : M P  135  M P 2M P  135 M P  67.Structural Analysis III At collapse. Caprani . both moments are equal to M P : 1 M P  120  M P 3 4 M P  120 3 M P  90 kNm Thus the largest plastic moment capacity required is 90 kNm and this is therefore the solution.

our solution is unique and this correct. C. no moment is greater than M P and so this condition is met. 3. Since the three conditions are met. Caprani . Equilibrium: met (almost automatically) through consideration of the free and reactant bending moments diagrams.Structural Analysis III Considering the three criteria for collapse. we have: 1. This is a partial collapse of the overall structure. 83 Dr. 2. Yield: As can be seen from the BMD above. Mechanism: The end span CD has two hinges and has thus collapsed.

Caprani .Structural Analysis III Lastly. the reactant line does not have to be horizontal as shown. Indeed it can lie in any region that maintains the following equilibrium and yield conditions: M A  MP M Mid .BC  M P This region is the hatched region sketched below: 84 Dr. AB  M P MB  MP M Mid . note that for the Spans AB and BC. C.

Caprani .4) 2. find the load factor at collapse. (Ans. 2.Structural Analysis III 5. (Ans. 1. find the load factor at collapse. 1.5) 3. (Ans. C. For the following prismatic beam of M P  30 kNm . For the following prismatic beam of M P  80 kNm .6 Problems 1. find the load factor at collapse.33) 85 Dr. For the following prismatic beam of M P  30 kNm .

P2  60 kN . (Ans. P  50 kN . For the following prismatic beam of M P  86 kNm . 90 kNm) 86 Dr. C.27) 5. Caprani . For the beam of Example 4. find the load factor at collapse. 1. determine the required plastic moment capacity for the loads: w1  10 kN/m .Structural Analysis III 4. w2  40 kN/m . What is special 1 about this particular case? (Ans.

C.Structural Analysis III 6. the basic mechanisms of collapse are: Beam-type collapse Sway Collapse Combination Collapse 87 Dr. Plastic Analysis of Frames 6.1 Additional Aspects for Frames Basic Collapse Mechanisms In frames. Caprani .

it is the weaker member that develops the plastic hinge. for example: The plastic hinge occurs in the column and not in the beam section since the column section is weaker. So. 88 Dr. C. Caprani . This is important when calculating the external virtual work done.Structural Analysis III Location of Plastic Hinge at Joints In frames where members of different capacities meet at joints.

This allows us to work out the virtual work equations for the beam and sway collapses separately and then combine them to find the collapse load factor for a combination collapse mechanism. there are h  r independent equilibrium equations. C. Combination of mechanisms is based on the idea that there are only a certain number of independent equilibrium equations for a structure. Any further equations are obtained from a combination of these independent equations. and wrote one independent equilibrium equation M C  PL 4  M A . and other collapse mechanisms that may be obtained form a combination of the independent collapse mechanisms. As we saw for the propped cantilever case of one redundant (r = 1). Generally. It must be noted here that in combining collapse mechanisms it is essential that hinges rotating in opposing senses must be cancelled to avoid having two degrees of freedom. 89 Dr. and thus h  r independent collapse mechanisms. we required two hinges. Caprani . h = 2 for collapse. The method is better explained by the examples that follow. it follows that there are independent collapse mechanisms. Since equilibrium equations can be obtained using virtual work applied to a possible collapse mechanism.Structural Analysis III Combination of Mechanisms One of the most powerful tools in plastic analysis is Combination of Mechanisms.

Structural Analysis III 6. Caprani . Beam collapse: The possible beam collapse looks as follows: 90 Dr. We will consider each of the possible mechanisms outlined above.2 Example 5 –Simple Portal Frame In this example we will consider a basic prismatic (so all members have the same plastic moment capacity) rectangular portal frame with pinned feet: We will consider this general case so that we can infer the properties and behaviour of all such frames. C.

Structural Analysis III The virtual work equation for this gives:  We   WI V    M P   2    V l  4M P 2 M  8 P Vl l 2 Sway Collapse The virtual deflection for the sway collapse is: Giving:  H  h  M P      Hh  2M P 2 MP Hh  We   WI 91 Dr. C. Caprani .

Structural Analysis III Combined Collapse The virtual deflection for this form of collapse is: Giving:  We   WI  H  h  V    M P  2  2  l 2 l    Hh  V   4M P 2  MP  8 2 Hh  Vl 92 Dr. C. Caprani .

However.Structural Analysis III Collapse Mode Since we don’t know the relative values of H and V. we can identify these collapse modes if we plot the three load factor equations derived above on the following interaction chart: Notice that each mechanism defines a boundary and that it is only the region inside all of these boundaries that is safe. for a given ration of V to H. C. we cannot determine the correct collapse mode. Caprani . Note also that the beam collapse mechanism is only critical for this frame at point P on the chart – this point is also included in the Combined mechanism. Now. The bending moment diagrams corresponding to each of the mechanisms are approximately: 93 Dr. we will be able to determine the critical collapse mechanism.

C.Structural Analysis III Beam Sway Combined An interesting phenomenon is observed at point Q on the chart. where the Sway and Combined mechanisms give the same result. Caprani . Looking at the bending moment diagrams. we can see that this occurs as the moment at the top of the left column becomes equal to the mid-span moment of the beam: 94 Dr.

the interaction chart can be derived similarly and is given below: 95 Dr. C. Caprani .Structural Analysis III Interaction Chart for Fixed-Feet Portal Frame For a fixed-feet portal frame.

Structural Analysis III 6. and then combine them in various ways to achieve a solution. we will analyse the beam and sway mechanisms separately. 96 Dr. Caprani .3 Example 6 –Portal Frame with Multiple Loads Find the collapse load in terms of the plastic moment capacity: Using the idea of Combination of Mechanisms. C.

Structural Analysis III Regular Virtual Work Analysis To prove that the combination of mechanisms works. 97 Dr. we do the regular virtual work analysis first for illustration purposes only:  We   WI 1  4  3 W  9   W  3   W  2   W    2M P     M P      3  3  2 At G At B At E At F At E At C 15W   4. C. Caprani .5M P W 3 MP 10 Next we will consider the beam and sway mechanisms separately and then combine them using the idea of Combination of Mechanisms.

as previously mentioned. we must take the plastic hinge at joint C to be in the column which has the smaller M P .Structural Analysis III Beam Collapse Mechanism: Notice that. Caprani . C. Applying the virtual work equation:  We   WI 4  1  W  3   W  2   W    2M P    2M P     M P    3  3  At G At E At F At B At E At C 6W   5M P 5 W  MP 6 98 Dr.

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Sway Collapse Mechanism:

Again notice how careful we are of the hinge location at joint C.

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Combined Collapse Mechanism To arrive at a solution, we want to try to minimize the collapse load value. Examining the previous equations, this means that we should try to maximize the external work done and minimize the internal work done. So:  To maximize the external work done we need to make every load move through some displacement, unlike the sway mechanism;  To minimize the internal work done we try to remove a hinge, whilst maintaining a mechanism.

Based on the above try the following:

Instead of using virtual work, we can combine the equations already found:  External virtual work: Since all forces move through displacements:

 We  6W  9W  15W
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 Internal virtual work: we can add but we must remove the work done by the hinge at B for both the beam and sway mechanisms (i.e. cancel the hinge):

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 WI  5M P  3.5M P  2M P  2M P  4.5M P
Beam Sway Hinge B - Beam Hinge B - Sway

Thus we have:

 We   WI 15W   4.5M P
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Since this is lower than either of the previous mechanisms (beam or sway), we think this is the solution, and so check against the three conditions of the Uniqueness Theorem.

At this point we note that the result above is the same as that found by the usual Virtual Work analysis, thus verifying the concept of Combination of Mechanisms.

Of course, regardless of the means of arriving at a possible collapse load, we must verify the uniqueness of the load factor using the three conditions, noting that
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67W we have equilibrium.89W Thus the moment at E.55W  0. C. from a free-body diagram of ABE. Equilibrium: We start by determining the reactions: M about C  0  6 H D  M P  0 M P 3. Yield: To verify yield we draw the collapse BMD from the reactions: 102 Dr. 2. is: M about E  0 3VA  9H A  M E  0  M E  6.Structural Analysis III Uniqueness Theorem Checks 1.55W 6 6  H A  W  0. 3.33W   6. Caprani . Mechanism: The frame is obviously a mechanism since R  C  3  4  2  3  1.45W HD  F x 0 For the whole frame: M about D  0 12VA  3H A  6W  9W  6W  3W  0 VA  0.71W Since there is a plastic hinge at E of value 2M P  2   3.33W   0.

Caprani .33W in member CD.67W in members AB and BC. 103 Dr. C. and no moments greater than M P  3.Structural Analysis III From the diagram we see that there are no moments greater than 2M P  6.

Structural Analysis III 6. The structure is 1 degree indeterminate so the number of plastic hinges required is 2.4 Example 7 – Portal Frame with Crane Loads. Summer 1997 For the following frame. C. Caprani . find the plastic moment capacity required for collapse under the loads given. We propose the following collapse mechanism: 104 Dr.

C. Note also that there are other mechanisms that could be tried. some of which are unreasonable.44 kNm Notice that the 50 kN point load at G does negative external work since it moves against its direction of action. looking closely at the relevant joints: Thus we have:  We   WI 3  3  200  3   100    50    2M P     M P    2  2  At G At J At F At J At C 650  4.5M P M P  144. Next we check this solution to see if it is unique: 105 Dr. Caprani .Structural Analysis III Also.

8 kN Using a free body diagram of ABJ.9 kN Thus for the free body diagram of CD.7 kNm 106 Dr.8  3H A  0  H A  64.Structural Analysis III 1. taking moments about C: M C  50 1  3H D  0  M C  144. C. Caprani . and taking moments about the plastic hinge at J: 2 144. taking moments about D gives: 50 1  200  6  100  8  9VA  0 VA  227. Equilibrium: For the whole frame.9 kN So for the whole frame: F x 0 H A  HD  0  H D  64.4  100  2  3  227.

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Since this is the value of M P we have a plastic hinge at C as expected. Thus the loads are in equilibrium with the collapse mechanism.

2. Mechanism: Since R  C  3  4  2  3  1 we have a mechanism.

3. Yield: Drawing the bending moment diagram at collapse shows that no section has a moment greater than its moment capacity of either M P or 2M P :

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Example 8 – Oblique Frame, Sumer 1999

Problem

The following rigid-jointed frame is loaded with working loads as shown: 1. Find the value of the collapse load factor when M P  120 kNm ; 2. Show that your solution is the unique solution; 3. Sketch the bending moment diagram at collapse, showing all important values.

Solution

To solve this problem, first we will consider the basic mechanisms of collapse. Examining these, we will then use Combination of Mechanisms to find a mechanism (or more) that attempts to maximize external work and minimize internal work. We will then verify our solution using the Uniqueness Theorem.

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Beam Collapse Mechanisms: There are two possible beam collapse mechanisms, where local collapse of a member forms due to the point loads acting on that member. Thus we must consider beam collapses of the column AC and the beam CE.

Beam Collapse of Member CE The mechanism is:

And so the virtual work done is:

100  3   M P  2M P  2   M P 300  6M P

 We   WI

  2.4
Since M P  120 kNm .

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C. Thus we consider two possible sway collapse mechanisms. However. Caprani . 110 Dr. it could also have a sway collapse to the left.0 Sway Collapses: The frame could collapse to the right under the action of the horizontal load. as the inclined member tends to rotate downwards.Structural Analysis III Beam Collapse of Member AC The mechanism is: And so the virtual work done is: 30  3   M P  2   M P 90  3M P  We   WI   4.

Caprani . C.Structural Analysis III Sway Collapse to the Right: The mechanism is: The joints require particular attention: And so the virtual work done is:  We   WI  3     30  2   100     M P      M P     2 2   2  90  3M P 111 Dr.

Applying it here gives: These movements are in the same proportion as before.Structural Analysis III As can be seen the net amount of external work is not positive and thus energy needs to be provided to this system in order to get it to fail in this manner. analysis of sway movements can often be simplified with the Instantaneous Centre of Rotation concept. as expected. 112 Dr. Thus it is not a physically possible failure. we can still use some of the analysis later on in a Combination of Mechanisms analysis. C. the geometry of this mechanism can be awkward. Lastly. However. But as we have seen before. Caprani .

we should check the case where the frame sways to the left first. From the previous analysis. Caprani .Structural Analysis III Sway Collapse to the Left The mechanism is: The virtual work done is:  We   WI  3     30  2   100     M P      M P     2 2   2  90  3M P   4.0 Combined Collapse Mechanisms: There are two more obvious combined collapse mechanisms. and since we want to maximize external virtual work. both with a beam collapse of the horizontal member. 113 Dr. C. one with sway to the left and the other with sway to the right.

and removing the sway collapse hinge at E (since we only need two hinges) we have: Since we can use our previous results (Combination of Mechanisms). C. we do not have to work out the geometry of the problem. For external work.5M P (From sway and beam collapse) (Remove sway hinge at E ) (Remove beam hinge at E ) 114 Dr. and allowing the formation of a hinge under the 100 kN point load (thus increasing its external virtual work). we have: 3     We  30  2   100    (From sway collapse) 2 100  3   390 (From beam collapse) And for internal virtual work:  WI  3M P  6M P   M P     2   M P  6.Structural Analysis III Combined Collapse Mechanism Keeping the sway collapse hinge at C. Caprani .

Structural Analysis III Thus we have:  We   WI 390  6. check this using the Uniqueness Theorem. C. Caprani .0 And as expected we get the same result.5M P   2. 115 Dr.0 We can check this result using the usual approach: 30  2   100  6   M P   2   2 M P  2    540  9M P  We   WI   2. Since this is a likely candidate mechanism.

Thus the bending moments diagram can be drawn. we will determine the reactions and then the moments at salient points.Structural Analysis III Check with Uniqueness Theorem 1. Equilibrium: To check equilibrium. taking moments about A gives: 30  2  100  3  9VF  0 VF  40 kN Next. providing the check that the external loads are in equilibrium with the internal moments. and that yield is nowhere violated. Caprani . C. For the whole frame. taking moments about C: M C  30  2  4H A  0  H A  0 kN 116 Dr. summing vertical forces gives: 100  VF  VA  0 VA  60 kN Using the free body diagram of ABC.

C. Caprani . Next we determine the moments at important points: For the free body diagram of EF. we have: F x 0 30  H A  H F  0  H F  30 kN Thus all the reactions shave been determined. and   2 . i. So for the whole frame. taking moments about E: 117 Dr.Structural Analysis III Where we have the fact that the moment at C is the plastic moment capacity. M C  M P  120 kNm .e.

Caprani .Structural Analysis III M E  4 H F  3VF  0 ME  0 M E  4  30   3  40   0 For the free body diagram of DEF. taking moments about D gives: M D  4 H F  6VF  0 M E  120 kNm M E  4  30   6  40   0 Thus we can draw the bending moment diagram. verifying equilibrium: 118 Dr. C.

119 Dr. Caprani . and so the collapse load factor of   2 is the correct value. C. Mechanism: Since R  C  3  4  2  3  1 we have a mechanism. Yield: The bending moment diagram at collapse shows that no section has a moment greater than its moment capacity of either M P or 2M P : Thus the requirements of the Uniqueness Theorem have been met. 3.Structural Analysis III 2.

l = 6 m. Derive the interaction chart for the following frame. V = 20 kN. plot the line for the loads on the interaction chart. h = 4 m. Derive the interaction chart for the fixed-feet portal frame. C. Determine the collapse load factor for the pinned-feet portal frame with H = 10 kN.6 Problems 1. and M P  50 kNm . 2. Using the values given in Problem 2.Structural Analysis III 6. 120 Dr. Caprani . shown earlier. 3. Plot the line for these loads on the interaction chart.

C. Past Exam Questions 7. (Ans. Find the value of the collapse load factor when M P  120 kNm .Structural Analysis III 7. 3. showing all important values. 2. C  2. Caprani .1 Sumer 2000 The following rigid-jointed frame shown below is loaded with working loads as shown: 1. Sketch the bending moment diagram at collapse. Show that your solution is the unique solution.25 ) 121 Dr.

C  1. Show that your solution is the unique solution. showing all important values. Find the value of the collapse load factor when M P  120 kNm . C.Structural Analysis III 7. 6. Caprani . 5. (Ans.2 Summer 2001 The following rigid-jointed frame is loaded with working loads as shown: 4.89 ) 122 Dr. Sketch the bending moment diagram at collapse.

showing all important values.13 ) 123 Dr.3 Summer 2004 The following rigid-jointed frame is loaded with working loads as shown: 1. Show that your solution is the unique solution.Structural Analysis III 7. Find the value of the collapse load factor when M P  160 kNm . C. C  2. Sketch the bending moment diagram at collapse. Caprani . (Ans. 2. 3.

C  1. 3. Caprani . Sketch the bending moment diagram at collapse.33 ) 124 Dr. Show that your solution is the unique solution. 2.4 Summer 2005 The following rigid-jointed frame is loaded with working loads as shown: 1. (Ans. C. showing all important values. Find the value of the collapse load factor when M P  200 kNm .Structural Analysis III 7.

                FIG. Q5 (Ans. C. showing all important values. Caprani   . Show that your solution is the unique solution.Structural Analysis III 7. Find the value of M P given that the relative plastic moment capacities are as shown in the figure. M P  175. 3.5 Summer 2007 The following rigid-jointed frame is loaded so that the force system shown is just sufficient to cause collapse in the main frame ABCD: 1. 2.8 kNm ) 125 Dr. Sketch the bending moment diagram at collapse.

Caprani . given that 2. 3. do the following: 1. C  2. Q3(a)  126 Dr. M P  80 kNm . loaded with the working loads shown.0 ) FIG. Sketch the bending moment diagram at collapse.Structural Analysis III 7. Find the load factor which causes collapse of the frame. Show that your solution is the unique solution.           (Ans.6 Semester 2 2008 For the following rigid-jointed frame. C. showing all important values.

M P  120 kNm ) 127 .2. Q4. loaded with the working loads shown. M P . C. Briefly comment on how the uniqueness theorem relates to your solution. Show that your solution is the unique solution. Caprani     FIG. (25 marks)               Dr. determine the design plastic moment capacity. do the following: (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) For a collapse load factor of 1.7 Semester 2 2009 QUESTION 4 For the rigid-jointed frame of Fig.Structural Analysis III 7. Q4 (Ans. showing all important values. Sketch the bending moment diagram at collapse.

M P . do the following: (v) (vi) (vii) For a collapse load factor of 1. loaded with the working loads shown.2. determine the design plastic moment capacity. Show that your solution is the unique solution. C.8 Semester 2 2010 QUESTION 4 For the rigid-jointed frame of Fig. (viii) Briefly comment on how the uniqueness theorem relates to your solution.Structural Analysis III 7. Q4 128 Dr. (25 marks)             (Ans. Q4.6 kNm )  FIG. Sketch the bending moment diagram at collapse. Caprani . M P  129. showing all important values.

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