Elastic shear buckling characteristics of LiteSteel Beams

Poologanathan, Keerthan & Mahendran, Mahen (2010) Elastic shear buckling characteristics of LiteSteel Beams. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 66(11), pp. 1309-1319.

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LiteSteel beam (LSB) is a new cold-formed steel hollow flange channel beam. The unique LSB section is produced by a patented manufacturing process involving simultaneous cold-forming and dual electric resistance welding. To date, limited research has been undertaken on the shear buckling behaviour of LSBs with torsionally rigid, rectangular hollow flanges. For the shear design of LSB web panels, their elastic shear buckling strength must be determined accurately including the potential post-buckling strength. Currently the elastic shear buckling coefficients of web panels are determined by assuming conservatively that the web panels are simply supported at the junction between the flange and web elements. Therefore finite element analyses were carried out to investigate the elastic shear buckling behaviour of LSB sections including the effect of true support conditions at the junction between their flange and web elements. An improved equation for the higher elastic shear buckling coefficient of LSBs was developed and included in the shear capacity equations of Australian cold-formed steel codes. Predicted ultimate shear capacity results were compared with available experimental results, both of which showed considerable improvement to the shear capacities of LSBs. A study on the shear flow distribution of LSBs was also undertaken prior to the elastic buckling analysis study. This paper presents the details of this investigation and the results including the shear flow distribution of LSBs.

Keywords: LiteSteel beam, Elastic shear buckling, Shear flow, Cold-formed steel structures, Slender web, Hollow flanges.

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ID Code: 34161
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: LiteSteel beam, Elastic shear buckling, Shear flow, Cold-formed steel structures, Hollow flanges, Slender web
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcsr.2010.05.005
ISSN: 0143-974X
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
Copyright Owner: Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.
Deposited On: 19 Aug 2010 00:57
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2017 14:40

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