Effects of geometric parameters on in-plane vibrations of two-stepped circular beams

Ekrem Tufekci*, Oznur Ozdemirci Yigita

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In-plane free vibrations of circular beams with stepped cross-sections are investigated by using the exact analytical solution. The axial extension, transverse shear deformation and rotatory inertia effects are taken into account. The stepped arch is divided into a number of arches with constant crosssections. The exact solution of the governing equations is obtained by the initial value method. Several examples of arches with different step ratios, different locations of the steps, boundary conditions, opening angles and slenderness ratios for the first few modes are presented to illustrate the validity and accuracy of the method. The effects of the geometric parameters on the natural frequencies are investigated in details. Several examples in the literature are solved and the results are given in tables. The agreement of the results is good for all examples considered. The mode transition phenomenon is also observed for the stepped arches. Some examples are solved also numerically by using the commercial finite element program ANSYS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-152
Number of pages22
JournalStructural Engineering and Mechanics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2012


  • Curved beam
  • Exact solution
  • Free vibration
  • In-plane
  • Mode transition
  • Stepped arch


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