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Support columns inside metal tubing

Does structural metal tubing (e.g., either as HSS, or in space frames, or even motorcycle/bicycle frames) ever come with any small metal rods or columns inside of the tubing itself? While it might ...
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Buckling of a cantilever with midway support

I'm trying to understand the implications for buckling and column sizing in the drawings below. A 3000mm 120x60 RHS steel column supports a 350mm horizontal steel beam. The column base and right side ...
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Can the thickness of a guard post be derived purely from energy principles?

Consider an ordinary staircase with a banister rail supported by a wall at one end and a steel post of constant profile at the other end. The base of the post is embedded rigidly in the fabric of ...
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Buckling: Do buckling mode shapes of n > 1 occur in reality?

In the buckling of columns we know that: $$P = \dfrac{n^2\pi^2EI}{L^2}$$ The smallest value of P occurs when $n=1$ which gives a simple buckling shape (one wave): $$P_{cr} = \dfrac{\pi^2EI}{L^2}$$ ...