Shear buckling characteristics of cold-formed steel channel beams

Poologanathan, Keerthan & Mahendran, Mahen (2013) Shear buckling characteristics of cold-formed steel channel beams. International Journal of Steel Structures, 13(3), pp. 385-399.

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Cold-formed steel members are increasingly used as primary structural elements in the building industries around the world due to the availability of thin and high strength steels and advanced cold-forming technologies. Cold-formed lipped channel beams (LCB) are commonly used as flexural members such as floor joists and bearers. However, their shear capacities are determined based on conservative design rules. For the shear design of LCB web panels, their elastic shear buckling strength must be determined accurately including the potential post-buckling strength. Currently the elastic shear buckling coefficients of LCB web panels are determined by assuming conservatively that the web panels are simply supported at the junction between their flange and web elements. Hence finite element analyses were conducted to investigate the elastic shear buckling behavior of LCBs. An improved equation for the higher elastic shear buckling coefficient of LCBs was proposed based on finite element analysis results and included in the ultimate shear capacity equations of the North American cold-formed steel codes. Finite element analyses show that relatively short span LCBs without flange restraints are subjected to a new combined shear and flange distortion action due to the unbalanced shear flow. They also show that significant post-buckling strength is available for LCBs subjected to shear. New equations were also proposed in which post-buckling strength of LCBs was included.

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ID Code: 55965
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Cold-formed steel structures, Lipped channel beams, Slender web, Elastic shear buckling, Combined shear and flange distortion, Post-buckling strength
DOI: 10.1007/s13296-013-3001-6
ISSN: 2093-6311
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Structural Engineering (090506)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Springer
Deposited On: 21 Dec 2012 00:23
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2016 01:42

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