Buckling analysis of cold-formed steel lipped angle columns

Ben Young, E. Ellobody

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This paper describes the buckling behavior of cold-formed steel equally lipped angle columns. The initial local imperfections, residual stresses, and corner material properties of the cold-formed steel angles have been measured experimentally and reported in this paper. An accurate finite element model was developed to carry out the buckling analysis. Both initial local and overall geometric imperfections have been incorporated in the model. The effect of residual stresses on the buckling behavior was investigated. The material nonlinearities of flat and corner portions of the angle sections were considered in the analysis. The finite element analysis was performed on equally lipped angles compressed between fixed ends for different column lengths, and column curves were obtained. The nonlinear finite element model was verified against recent experimental results. An extensive parametric study was carried out using the finite element model to study the effects of cross section geometries on the strength and behavior of lipped angle columns. The column strengths predicted by the finite element model were compared with the design strengths calculated using the North American Specification and Australian/New Zealand Standard for cold-formed steel structures. In addition, the results obtained from the finite element model were also compared with the design strengths obtained from proposed design rules. It is shown that the proposed design rules accurately predicted the column strengths for non-slender lipped angles and were quite conservative for slender lipped angles. © ASCE.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1570-1579
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Structural Engineering
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Buckling
  • Cold-formed steel
  • Finite elements
  • Steel structures
  • Structural design
  • Thin wall structures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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