Stability of tapered columns under end-concentrated and variably distributed follower forces

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1250-1252
Journal / PublicationAIAA Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2002


An efficient analytical method for the nonconservative stability of tapered columns is presented. The primary advantage of the method is that the resulting characteristic equation for stability of a nonuniform column with any kind of two-end support configuration can be conveniently determined from a second-order determinant. As a result, the decrease in the determinant order, as compared with previously developed procedures, leads to significant savings in the computational effort.