Buckling load estimation of cracked columns using artificial neural network modeling technique
In this paper, buckling analysis of slender prismatic columns with a single non-propagating open edge crack subjected to axial loads has been presented utilizing the transfer matrix method and the artificial neural networks. A multi-layer feedforward neural network learning by backpropagation algorithm has been employed in the study. The main focus of this work is the investigation of feasibility of using an artificial neural network to assess the critical buckling load of axially loaded compression rods. This is explored by comparing the performance of neural network models with the results of the matrix method for all considered support conditions. It can be seen from the results that the critical buckling load values obtained from the neural networks closely follow the values obtained from the matrix method for the whole data sets. The final results show that the proposed methodology may constitute an efficient tool for the estimation of elastic buckling loads of edge-cracked columns. Also, it can be seen from the results that the computational time reduces if the proposed method is used.