Shear capacities of rivet fastened Rectangular Hollow Flange Channel Beams

Poologanathan, Keerthan & Mahendran, Mahen (2014) Shear capacities of rivet fastened Rectangular Hollow Flange Channel Beams. In 23rd Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM23), 9-12 December 2014, Byron Bay, NSW. (Unpublished)

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The intermittently rivet fastened Rectangular Hollow Flange Channel Beam (RHFCB) is a new cold-formed hollow section proposed as an alternative to welded hollow flange beams. It is a monosymmetric channel section made by intermittently rivet fastening two torsionally rigid rectangular hollow flanges to a web plate. This method will allow the development of optimum sections by choosing appropriate combinations of web and flange plate widths and thicknesses. RHFCBs can be commonly used as flexural members in buildings. Many experimental and numerical studies have been carried out in the past to investigate the shear behaviour of lipped channel beams. However, no research has been undertaken on the shear behaviour of rivet fastened RHFCBs. Therefore a detailed experimental study involving 19 shear tests was undertaken to investigate the shear behaviour and capacities of rivet fastened RHFCBs. Simply supported test specimens of RHFCB with aspect ratios of 1.0 and 1.5 were loaded at mid-span until failure. Comparison of experimental results with corresponding predictions from the current Australian cold-formed steel design rules showed that the current design rules are very conservative for the shear design of rivet fastened RHFCBs. Significant improvements to web shear buckling occurred due to the presence of rectangular hollow flanges while considerable post-buckling strength was also observed. Appropriate improvements have been proposed for the design rules of shear strength of rivet fastened RHFCBs within the Direct Strength Method format. This paper presents the details of this study and the results.

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ID Code: 74317
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Rectangular Hollow Flange Channel Beams, Cold-formed Steel Beams, Shear Capacity, Experiments, Direct Strength Method
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 2014 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 23 Jul 2014 23:19
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2015 18:24

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