Compressive behavior of double-tube concrete columns with an outer square FRP tube and an inner circular high-strength steel tube

Jun Jie Zeng, Jun Fan Lv, Guan Lin, Yong Chang Guo, Li Juan Li

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Double-tube concrete columns (DTCCs) are a novel form of hybrid columns which consist of an outer fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) tube, an inner circular high-strength steel (HSS) tube and the concrete filled in the entire section. In a DTCC, the inner HSS tube not only effectively diminishes the non-uniformity of stress distribution of concrete in a concrete-filled square FRP tube but also enhances the confinement to the core concrete, with its buckling being effectively restrained by the surrounding concrete and the outer FRP tube. This paper presents the results of an experimental study on the axial compressive behavior of DTCCs with an outer square FRP tube. Eight square DTCC specimens were tested under axial compression. The examined column parameters included FRP tube thickness, FRP tube width, and FRP type. The experimental results show that, in square DTCCs, the concrete is well confined by both the FRP tube and the HSS tube, and the buckling of HSS tube is effectively restrained so that its high material strength can be effectively utilized, leading to an excellent column performance. The experimental results also demonstrate that square DTCCs possess considerable post peak strength, indicating excellent ductility and promising application potential of this new form of hybrid column members in earthquake prone zones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)668-680
Number of pages13
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2018


  • Axial compression
  • Confinement
  • Double-tube concrete column
  • FRP
  • High-strength steel
  • Stress-strain behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)

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