Cyclic response of hollow and concrete-filled circular hollow section braces

Therese Sheehan, Tak Ming Chan

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The behaviour of seismic-resistant buildings relies heavily upon the inclusion of energy dissipating devices. For concentrically-braced frames, this function is accomplished by diagonal bracing members whose performance depends upon both cross-sectional properties and global slenderness. Traditionally preferred rectangular hollow sections are susceptible to local buckling, particularly in cold-formed tubes, owing to the residual stresses from manufacture. This paper explores the response of hollow and concrete-filled circular tubes under cyclic axial loading. The uniformity of the circular cross-section provides superior structural efficiency over rectangular sections and can be further optimised by the inclusion of concrete infill. A series of experiments was conducted on filled and hollow specimens to assess the merit of the composite section. Comparisons were drawn between hot-finished and cold-formed sections to establish the influence of fabrication on member performance. Two specimen lengths were utilised to assess the influence of non-dimensional slenderness. Parameters such as ductility, energy dissipation, tensile strength and compressive resistance are presented and compared with design codes and empirically derived predictions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-152
Number of pages13
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Structures and Buildings
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Buildings, structures & design
  • Composite structures
  • Seismic engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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