SS07: Thin-Walled Beams with Open Cross-Sections
Summary: Metal and composite thin-walled beams of open cross-section find application as lightweight structural solutions in civil, mechanical, marine and aerospace engineering, among others. The purpose of this special session will be to share and exchange the latest knowledge concerning the analysis and design of metal and composite thin-walled beams with open cross-sections. While the focus will be on strength and stability considerations for thin-walled beams, all other topics concerned with the mechanics, modelling, analysis and design of open thin-walled sections will be of interest. Materials covered will include (but will not be limited to) steel, aluminium, special alloys and non-metallic composites, with the construction of the section being either plain, hybrid, composite, sandwich or laminated. Contributions are invited on analytical, numerical and experimental studies of strength, local and global buckling of these beams.