Elastic lateral buckling of simply supported LiteSteel beams subject to transverse loading

Kurniawan, Cyrilus Winatama & Mahendran, Mahen (2009) Elastic lateral buckling of simply supported LiteSteel beams subject to transverse loading. Thin-Walled Structures, 47(1), pp. 109-119.

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The buckling strength of a new cold-formed hollow flange channel section known as LiteSteel beam (LSB) is governed by lateral distortional buckling characterised by simultaneous lateral deflection, twist and web distortion for its intermediate spans. Recent research has developed a modified elastic lateral buckling moment equation to allow for lateral distortional buckling effects. However, it is limited to a uniform moment distribution condition that rarely exists in practice. Transverse loading introduces a non-uniform bending moment distribution, which is also often applied above or below the shear centre (load height). These loading conditions are known to have significant effects on the lateral buckling strength of beams. Many steel design codes have adopted equivalent uniform moment distribution and load height factors to allow for these effects. But they were derived mostly based on data for conventional hot-rolled, doubly symmetric I-beams subject to lateral torsional buckling. The moment distribution and load height effects of transverse loading for LSBs, and the suitability of the current design modification factors to accommodate these effects for LSBs is not known. This paper presents the details of a research study based on finite element analyses on the elastic lateral buckling strength of simply supported LSBs subject to transverse loading. It discusses the suitability of the current steel design code modification factors, and provides suitable recommendations for simply supported LSBs subject to transverse loading.

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ID Code: 30254
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: LiteSteel beam, Lateral distortional buckling, Lateral torsional buckling, Transverse loading, Non-uniform moment distribution, Load height
DOI: 10.1016/j.tws.2008.05.012
ISSN: 0263-8231
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Structural Engineering (090506)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Elsevier.
Deposited On: 05 Feb 2010 00:05
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:04

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