Cross-section classification of elliptical hollow sections

L. Gardner, Tak Ming Chan

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Cross-section classification is a fundamental aspect of structural metallic design. This paper proposes slenderness parameters and a system of cross-section classification limits for elliptical hollow sections, developed on the basis of laboratory tests and numerical simulations. Four classes of cross-sections, namely Class 1 to 4 have been defined with limiting slenderness values. For the special case of elliptical hollow sections with an aspect ratio of unity, consistency with the slenderness limits for circular hollow sections in Eurocode 3 has been achieved. The proposed system of cross-section classification underpins the development of further design guidance for elliptical hollow sections.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-162
Number of pages8
JournalWelding in the World
Issue numberSPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys

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