The aim of this paper is to find out an appropriate configuration of boundary conditions and geometric model to calculate the ultimate strength of a continuous stiffened panel under uniaxial compressive loading in FE analysis. The 1+1 bays model with periodical symmetric boundary conditions is proposed to be used in FE analysis, whose results are compared with 1/2+1+1/2 bays model with periodical symmetric and symmetric boundary conditions, and 1/2+1+1+1/2 bays model with symmetric boundary conditions. The effects of the continuity of the stiffened panel with different geometric models and boundary conditions on its collapse mode are investigated. A beam tension test has been used to define the true stress-strain relationship.

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