Experimental and analytical investigations of steel and composite trusses

Siu Lai Chan, M. Fong

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The experimental and analytical investigations on bare and composite rectangular hollow sections (RHS) used as members of trusses are presented in this paper. The load resistances of the trusses consisted of steel and concrete-filled RHS tubes are compared to quantify the beneficial effects due to the in-filled concrete. The maximum loads on the trusses are also computed by the design method in Eurocode 3 (Steel member) and Eurocode 4 (Composite member) and compared with the test results. The results showed that the use of effective length method in linear analysis and design method is less convenient and accurate than the second-order analysis. The second-order analysis and design method not only gives a more accurate prediction than the linear analysis, but it also provides an efficient design as the assumption of effective length is not required to guess.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-26
Number of pages10
JournalAdvanced Steel Construction
Issue number1 SPEC. ISSUE
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011


  • Concrete-filled steel hollow sections
  • Effective length method
  • Eurocode 3
  • Eurocode 4
  • Second-order analysis
  • Steel hollow sections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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