2001 Volume 44 Issue 1 Pages 89-93
In elements used as flexible linking devices and structures, the main characteristic is a fairly large deformation without exceeding the elastic limit of the material. This property is of both analytical and technological interests. Previous studies of large deformation have been generally concerned with a single member (e.g. a cantilever beam, a simply supported beam, etc.). However, there are very few large deformation studies of assembled members such as frames. This paper deals with a square frame with rigid joints, loaded diagonally in either tension or compression by a pair of opposite forces. Analytical solutions for large deformation are obtained in terms of elliptic integrals, and are compared with the experimental data. The agreement is found to be fairly close.