A review of recent developments on design of perforated beams

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In modern commercial or residential buildings with high specifications in building services, a common method of incorporating services within the floor-ceiling zone of buildings is to create large openings in the webs of beam members. The openings are most likely to be rectangular or circular, and may be in the form of discrete openings, or a series of openings, along the member length of the beam. Over the past few decades, the structural behaviour of beams with web openings was a popular research topic, and numerous research projects were executed and reported including experimental investigations, finite element studies, and also development of design rules. This paper presents a review on recent developments on design of perforated beams, and recommendations for future development are also provided.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in steel structures, Vols I & II, Proceedings
PublisherElsevier Science B.V.
Number of pages8
Volume1 & II
ISBN (Print)0080440177
Publication statusPublished - 2002
EventInternational Conference on Advances in Steel Structures [ICASS] - , Hong Kong
Duration: 1 Jan 200211 Dec 2002


ConferenceInternational Conference on Advances in Steel Structures [ICASS]
Country/TerritoryHong Kong


  • Perforated beams
  • Design development
  • Tee section approach
  • Perforated section approach
  • Shearmoment interaction curves
  • Web openings of various shapes and sizes

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