I'm new to this and just wanted to check if I got this right. While doing a buckling study, if you apply a force of 1 N and get a Load Factor of, let's say 5.0000e+005. Does that mean that the construction will buckle at a force of 500 kN?

I'm new to this and just wanted to check if I got this right. While doing a buckling study, if you apply a force of 1 N and get a Load Factor of, let's say 5.0000e+005. Does that mean that the construction will buckle at a force of 500 kN?

It is the ratio of the buckling loads to the applied loads.

If buckling load factor is greater than 1 then buckling is not predicted.

Check out this link http://help.solidworks.com/2012/English/solidworks/cworks/buckling_load_factor.htm

Yes, I understand this. But if my goal is to find out how much force it can withstand before it buckles, applying a force of 1 N and then multiply it with the load factor would be the right way to do it, right?

In this case 1 N * 5.0000e+005 = 500 kN.

It seems right since applying a force of 500.000 N would give me a buckling load factor of 1.

As pointed out by Timothy in this link;

A buckling load factor > 1 tells you that the buckling will occur beyond the static load capacity of the part, Hence buckling not predicted.

A buckling load factor = 1 tells you that the buckling will occur at the static load capacity of the part, Hence buckling is predicted.

A buckling load factor between 0 and 1 tells you that the buckling will occur at a fraction of the static load capacity of the part, Hence buckling predicted.

A buckling load factor < 0 tells you that the part is under tensile load, Hence buckling not predicted. but may occur if you reverse loads.

Yes, that is correct. Load multiplied by the Buckling Load Factor will give you the theoretical load that the structure would support before it would fail by buckling.