Classical problems of columns under tangential (follower) loads are analyzed for stability. A generalized Ritz technique is used in conjunction with a computer-oriented algorithm suitable for the flutter analysis of complex structural systems. A brief description of this technique is presented. The numerical approach allows for easy consideration of additional effects in classical problems such as the Beck and Leipholz columns. The influence of shear deformation, rotatory inertia, and concentrated mass at the tip of the column is shown in graphs and discussed.

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