Finite element limit analysis of anisotropic structures

Leone Corradi, Lelio Luzzi, Pasquale Vena

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


The limit analysis problem, permitting the direct computation of the collapse load of perfectly plastic structures, is considered for anisotropic materials. To this end, the essential piece of information, so far available in a limited number of cases only, is the expression of the dissipation power associated to the anisotropic yield criterion as an explicit function of strain rates. Such expression is derived for conditions based on the Tsai-Wu's tensor polynomial form for failure criteria, truncated to second order stress terms, but accounting for possible tensile to compressive strength differential. On this basis, numerical procedures successfully employed in the isotropic case can be extended with minor modifications to the anisotropic context, as some examples illustrate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5422-5436
Number of pages15
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Issue number41-43
Publication statusPublished - Aug 15 2006


  • Anisotropic plasticity
  • Finite element method
  • Limit analysis
  • Natural approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Mechanics


Dive into the research topics of 'Finite element limit analysis of anisotropic structures'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this