2005 Volume 48 Issue 3 Pages 155-162
This paper presents the experimental and theoretical results of the response and collapse of 316L stainless steel tubes subjected to cyclic bending. The tube bending machine and curvature-ovalization measurement apparatus were used for conducting the curvature-controlled experiment. It was found that the response and collapse are similar to that of metal tubes found in literatures. Next, the endochronic theory and the principle of virtual work were used to simulate the response of 316L stainless steel tubes under cyclic bending. In addition, a proposed theoretical formulationwas used to simulate the relationship between the controlled curvature and the number of cycles to produce buckling. It has been shown that the theoretical simulations of the response and collapse correlate well with the experimental data.