Analytical and experimental bearing capacities of system scaffolds

Jui Lin Peng, Tsong Yen, Ching Chi Kuo, Siu Lai Chan

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We investigated the structural behavior and bearing capacity of system scaffolds. The research showed that the critical load of a system scaffold structure without diagonal braces is similar to that of a door-shaped steel scaffold structure. Joint stiffness between vertical props in system scaffolds can be defined based on a comparison between analytical and experimental results. When the number of scaffold stories increases, the critical loads of system scaffolds decrease. Diagonal braces markedly enhance the critical load of system scaffolds. The coupling joint position between vertical props should be kept away from story-to-story joints to prevent a reduction in critical loads. The critical load of a system scaffold decreases as the quantity of extended vertical props at the bottom of the structure increases. A large Christmas tree set up by system scaffolds under various loads was used as an example for analysis and to check the design of system scaffolds.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-92
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Zhejiang University: Science A
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009


  • Bearing capacity
  • Critical Load
  • System scaffold

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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