Experimental and numerical studies of hollow flange channel beams subject to web crippling under ETF and ITF load cases
Poologanathan, Keerthan, Mahendran, Mahen, & Steau, Edward (2015) Experimental and numerical studies of hollow flange channel beams subject to web crippling under ETF and ITF load cases. In Second International Conference on Performance-based and Lifecycle Structural Engineering (PLSE 2015), 9-11 December 2015, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Qld.
This paper presents the details of experimental and numerical studies on the web crippling behaviour of hollow flange channel beams, known as LiteSteel beams (LSB). The LSB has a unique shape of a channel beam with two rectangular hollow flanges, made using a unique manufacturing process. Experimental and numerical studies have been carried out to evaluate the behaviour and design of LSBs subject to pure bending actions, predominant shear actions and combined actions. To date, however, no investigation has been conducted into the web crippling behaviour and strength of LSB sections under ETF and ITF load conditions. Hence experimental studies consisting of 28 tests were first conducted in this research to assess the web crippling behaviour and strengths of LSBs under two flange load cases (ETF and ITF). Experimental web crippling capacity results were then compared with the predictions from AS/NZS 4600 and AISI S100 design rules, which showed that AS/NZS 4600 and AISI S100 design equations are very unconservative for LSBs under ETF and ITF load cases. Hence improved equations were proposed to determine the web crippling capacities of LSBs. Finite element models of the tested LSBs were then developed, and used to determine the elastic buckling loads of LSBs under ETF and ITF load cases. New equations were proposed to determine the corresponding elastic buckling coefficients of LSBs. Finally suitable design rules were also developed under the Direct Strength Method format using the test results and buckling analysis results from finite element analyses.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||Cold-formed Steel, Web Crippling, ETF and ITF Load Cases, Hollow Flange Channel Beams|
|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 2015 [please consult the authors]|
|Deposited On:||21 Mar 2016 23:14|
|Last Modified:||24 Mar 2016 02:06|
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