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Journal of Engineering
Volume 2014, Article ID 413590, 7 pages
Research Article

Influence of Material Compressibility on Displacement Solution for Structural Steel Plate Applications

Centre of Exact Sciences and Engineering, University of Madeira, Funchal, 9020-105 Madeira, Portugal

Received 4 July 2014; Accepted 12 October 2014; Published 23 October 2014

Academic Editor: Lucian Dascalescu

Copyright © 2014 Nelli Aleksandrova. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Displacement field calculations are necessary for many structural steel engineering problems such as cold expansion of holes, embedment of bolts and rivets, and installation and maintenance of external devices. To this end, rigorous closed form analytical displacement solution is obtained for structural steel open-hole plates with in-plane loading. The material of the model is considered to be elastic perfectly plastic obeying the von Mises yield criterion with its associated flow rule. On the basis of this solution, two simplified engineering formulae are proposed and carefully discussed for practical engineering purposes. Graphical representations of results show validity of each formula as compared with rigorous solution and other studies.