Concrete-filled circular steel tubes subjected to local bearing force: Finite element analysis

Chao Hou, Lin Hai Han, Xiao Ling Zhao

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This paper presents a finite element analysis (FEA) of circular concrete filled steel tubular (CFST) members under local bearing forces applied either perpendicularly to the member or at an angle of 45. The established FEA modeling was verified by the experimental results that have been published in an international journal. The FEA modeling was then used to perform analysis on the typical failure modes and full-range load-deformation relations of CFST subjected to local bearing forces. Finally, simplified formulae for calculating the strength of CFST under local bearing forces was presented. Practical guidance was also given to avoid premature local buckling of brace member and premature fracture of chord member.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-119
Number of pages11
JournalThin-Walled Structures
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Circular hollow section (CHS)
  • Concrete filled steel tube (CFST)
  • Finite element analysis (FEA)
  • Local bearing force

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering


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