Static and dynamic crushing of tapered sheet metal tubes of rectangular cross-section

S. R. Reid*, T. Y. Reddy

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The use of tapered sheet metal tubes as impact energy absorbers is considered. Their behaviour is compared with tubes of uniform cross-section with regard to the stability of the gross deformation modes. Single-tapered and double-tapered tubes are considered and estimates of the variation of their mean crushing forces with reduction in length under both quasi-static and dynamic axial loading conditions are provided. The practically important question of the response of tapered tubes to oblique impact loads is also considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)623-637
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Mechanical Sciences
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1986


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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