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Introduction

Your task is to analyse a stiffened panel structure to determine the collapse behaviour under compression. You will be required to tackle the problem with a range of analytical solutions, simulations and published data, but the exact form of the report is left up to your engineering judgement. You are assigned a unique panel geometry for your analysis. The geometry of your panel will be determined by your student number. To determine your unique geometric parameters, please pass your student number through the pseudo-random number generator below: 1. Multiply your student number by 36969, 2. Add 943197, 3. Take the last six digits of the result to be ABCDEF (see below) Other panel information: The model is clamped on the edges that force is applied. This clamping fixes rotations and also ensures the DISPLACEMENT IS CONSTANT ALONG THE CLAMPED EDGE (not load!). If F5, you will use 4130N Steel. If F<5, you will use Aluminium 2024-T3 (aircraft grade). 60 + B 60 + B 60 + B

20+0.5E 40

20+0.5E

25

1+0.1A thick

500+20C 4+0.5F (rounded up) @ M5 Bolts 1.2+0.1D thick folded stiffener 10+0.25E All dimensions in mm Figure 1 25

Task
You will be required to build a flexible FE model with the dimensions shown in Figure 1. You may choose which software package to use, but you must easily be able to change dimensions and re-run the analysis.

Your task will be to predict the initial buckling and collapse load for the panel. To achieve this you will need to run at least two simulations: 1. Linear buckling analysis 2. Implicit nonlinear analysis (Non-linear static) You should compare your FE predictions with published results, hand calculations and laboratory results. As a minimum you must include the following in your report: Calculations to obtain dimension of panel. Engineering drawing of panel with all dimensions. Show all mesh, properties, forces and boundary conditions acting on the model. Process for running the analysis (which solution you used, why you used that etc.). Validated load at which buckling initiates in the panel and the mode that this buckling takes. Validated load at which the panel collapses and the mode of this collapse.

Laboratory
You should have attended a laboratory timeslot in Week 7 in which you tested a stiffened panel with a new geometry. Unless you made prior arrangements, attendance at this lab will be required in order to receive any marks for this component. You measured the critical buckling load and observed the buckling modes using full field stereoscopic optical strain measurement (ARAMIS). The panel dimensions were given in the lab. The boundary conditions for the lab are very similar to those given for your panel. The laboratory results are a valuable validation tool for your analysis. Run your FE analysis methodology with the laboratory panel dimensions and validate your results. You must describe the following in your report: How you made the geometry flexible (think about using scripts if using Patran). The validation procedure that you used. Discussion of any discrepancies between your simulations and the laboratory result.

Report Format
Submit via Moodle with a digital cover sheet. Maximum 15 pages excluding cover sheet. No appendices. Minimum 12 point font (11 if calibri) with REASONABLE margins and formatting. Carefully consider how to present all your results. Tables, graphs and figures all have strengths and weaknesses. Figures should be readable in B&W where possible (learn how to change the default colour scheme).