Bending and torsion of hollow flange channel beams

Wan, Hong-Xia & Mahendran, Mahen (2015) Bending and torsion of hollow flange channel beams. Engineering Structures, 84, pp. 300-312.

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Abstract

The LiteSteel beam (LSB) is a cold-formed high strength steel channel section made of two torsionally rigid closed flanges and a slender web. Due to its mono-symmetric characteristics, its centroid and shear centre do not coincide. The LSBs can be used in floor systems as joists or bearers and in these applications they are often subjected to transverse loads that are applied away from the shear centre. Hence they are often subjected to combined bending and torsion actions. Previous researches on LSBs have concentrated on their bending or shear behaviour and strengths, and only limited research has been undertaken on their combined bending and torsion behaviour. Therefore in this research a series of nine experiments was first conducted on LSBs subject to combined bending and torsion. Three LSB sections were tested to failure under eccentric loading at mid-span, and appropriate results were obtained from seven tests. A special test rig was used to simulate two different eccentricities and to provide accurate simple boundary conditions at the supports. Finite element models of tested LSBs were developed using ANSYS, and the ultimate strengths, failure modes, and load–displacement curves were obtained and compared with corresponding test results. Finite element analyses agreed well with test results and hence the developed models were used in a parametric study to investigate the effects of load locations, eccentricities, and spans on the combined bending and torsion behaviour of LSBs. The interaction between the ultimate bending and torsional moment capacities was studied and a simple design rule was proposed. This paper presents the details of the tests, finite element analyses, and parametric study of LSBs subject to combined bending and torsion, and the results.

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ID Code: 87023
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: LiteSteel beams, Cold-formed steel structures, Combined bending and torsion, Experiments, Finite element analyses
DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2014.11.010
ISSN: 0141-0296
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V.
Deposited On: 01 Sep 2015 01:44
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2017 16:39

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