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G. Buckling Analysis - Eigen Method

In STAAD.Pro, a second procedure has been adopted to incorporate the calculation of the Buckling Factor for one primary load case. The buckling factor is the amount by which all of the loadings in a load case must be factored to cause global buckling of the structure. This procedure is an eigenvalue calculation to get buckling factors and buckling shapes. 

  1. First, the primary deflections are calculated by linear static analysis based on the provided external loading.
  2. Primary deflections are used to calculate member axial forces and plate center membrane stresses. These forces and stresses are used to calculate geometric stiffness terms. Both the large delta effects and the small delta effects for members are calculated. These terms are the terms of the Kg matrix.
  3. An eigenvalue problem is formed. | [ K ] - BFi*[ Kg ] | = 0

There will be up to 4 buckling factors (BF) and associated buckling mode shapes calculated. The buckling factor is the amount by which the static load case needs to be multiplied by to just cause buckling (Euler buckling). BF less than 1.0 means that the load causes buckling; greater than 1.0 means buckling has not occurred. If BF is negative, then the static loads are in the opposite direction of the buckling load.   


  • Solid elements do not contribute to Kg in STAAD.Pro.
  • Buckling shapes for the last buckling case only may be displayed in the postprocessor. If there are several buckling cases, then all will have their buckling factors printed.
  • The displacement and member/element results are not calculated for the load case times the buckling factor.