Improved design rules for fixed ended cold-formed steel columns subject to flexural-torsional buckling

Gunalan, Shanmuganathan & Mahendran, Mahen (2013) Improved design rules for fixed ended cold-formed steel columns subject to flexural-torsional buckling. Thin-Walled Structures, 73, pp. 1-17.

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This paper has presented the details of an investigation into the flexural and flexuraltorsional buckling behaviour of cold-formed structural steel columns with pinned and fixed ends. Current design rules for the member capacities of cold-formed steel columns are based on the same non-dimensional strength curve for both fixed and pinned-ended columns. This research has reviewed the accuracy of the current design rules in AS/NZS 4600 and the North American Specification in determining the member capacities of cold-formed steel columns using the results from detailed finite element analyses and an experimental study of lipped channel columns. It was found that the current Australian and American design rules accurately predicted the member capacities of pin ended lipped channel columns undergoing flexural and flexural torsional buckling. However, for fixed ended columns with warping fixity undergoing flexural-torsional buckling, it was found that the current design rules significantly underestimated the column capacities as they disregard the beneficial effect of warping fixity. This paper has therefore proposed improved design rules and verified their accuracy using finite element analysis and test results of cold-formed lipped channel columns made of three cross-sections and five different steel grades and thicknesses.

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ID Code: 60679
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Cold-formed steel, Column, Flexural-torsional buckling, Warping restraint, Numerical studies, Design rules, Fixed end
DOI: 10.1016/j.tws.2013.06.013
ISSN: 0263-8231
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Structural Engineering (090506)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Copyright Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Thin-Walled Structures. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Thin-Walled Structures, Volume 73, (December 2013), DOI: 10.1016/j.tws.2013.06.013
Deposited On: 11 Jun 2013 01:57
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2017 18:23

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