Buckling and collapse of stainless steel elements loaded in compression are studied experimentally and numerically. Based on four tests of single crossarm stayed columns the numerical analysis using ANSYS software package is validated and presented in a detail. First, for a completeness, the study refers to columns with one central crossarm, but the main emphasis is devoted to columns with two crossarms located in the thirds of the element length. The analysis employed geometrically and materially nonlinear analysis (GMNIA) to respect a change of inner energy during buckling of an "ideal" (perfect) column, initial deflections of an "imperfect" column (covering various initial deflection modes and amplitude values) and nonlinear stress-strain relationship belonging to stainless steel material. The results cover both critical buckling and maximal collapse loads of the columns in compression. Finally, the important comparisons of the load capacities concerning stayed columns in compression with one/two crossarms and ratios of critical/maximal loadings, elastic/inelastic material and fixed/sliding support of the stays at the crossarms are provided. Conclusions comprise evaluation of these results and principal recommendations for the design of stayed columns.
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