Flexural Behavior and Design of the New Built-up LiteSteel Beams

Jeyaragan, Sivapathasunderam & Mahendran, Mahen (2008) Flexural Behavior and Design of the New Built-up LiteSteel Beams. In LaBoube, Roger A. (Ed.) 19th International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures 2008, October 14 & 16, 2008, St. Louis, Missouri USA.


A new cold-formed steel beam, known as the LiteSteel Beam (LSB), has the potential to transform the low-rise building industry. The new beam is effectively a channel section with two rectangular hollow flanges and a slender web, and is manufactured using a simultaneous cold-forming and electric resistance welding process. Built-up LSB sections are expected to improve their flexural capacity and to increase their applications. They are also likely to mitigate the detrimental effects of lateral distortional buckling observed with single LSB members of intermediate spans. However, the behaviour of built-up beams is not well understood. Currently available design rules based on longitudinal connection spacing limits and doubling the capacity of single members were found to be inadequate. Therefore a research project based on both experimental and advanced numerical studies was undertaken to investigate the flexural behaviour of back to back LSBs with various longitudinal connection spacings under a uniform moment. This paper presents the details of the experimental and numerical studies and the results.

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ID Code: 15459
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Built, up back to back beams, LiteSteel beams, Cold, formed steel, Lateral distortional buckling, Contact modelling
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Structural Engineering (090506)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 04 Nov 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:42

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