Experimental investigation on steel-tube-confined-concrete stub column with different cross-section shapes under uniaxial-compression

Jiong Yi Zhu, Tak Ming Chan

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An experimental investigation on steel tube confined concrete (STCC) stub columns with circular, square and octagonal cross-section shapes under monotonic axial compression was conducted. Different concrete grades were examined with measured compressive cylinder strengths ranging from 38 MPa to 112 MPa. The nominal yield strength of the steel tube was 355 MPa. The load capacity, load-axial shortening curves and axial-hoop strain behaviour of the STCC stub columns are compared to that of the counterparts, concrete filled steel tubes (CFST), with different cross-section shapes based on the same material and geometric properties. Comparisons indicated that the load capacity of STCC stub columns are very close to that in the CFST with circular and octagonal cross-sections, while the performance of square STCC is not as good as the CFST counterparts due to low effectiveness of confinement. According to the experimental results of lateral behaviours of STCC, CFST and plain concrete columns, it was concluded that with very high strength concrete (cylinder strength over 100 MPa), the axial performance of STCC stub columns is better than that in CFST. A design assessment was also conducted on STCC stub columns and shows that the current design formulae for load capacity of CFST are also applicable to that of STCC stub columns.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105729
JournalJournal of Constructional Steel Research
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019


  • Confinement
  • Cross-section resistance
  • Design method
  • High strength concrete
  • Octagonal cross-section shape
  • Steel tube confined concrete columns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys


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