Inelastic behaviour and design of cold-formed channel sections in bending

S. Maduliat, M. R. Bambach, X. L. Zhao

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The aim of this paper is to investigate the inelastic bending capacity of cold-formed channel sections, and provide design rules to account for such behaviour. An extensive experimental and analytical analysis of 42 cold-formed channel sections in three different geometric categories is conducted, including simple channel sections, channel sections with simple edge stiffeners and channel sections with complex edge stiffeners. The sections were cold-formed from G450 steel with nominal thickness of 1.6 mm, and varying theoretical buckling stresses ranging between elastic to seven times the yield stress. The results of the pure bending experimental investigations show that current international cold-formed steel specifications are conservative, for channel sections with low slenderness values. The experimental results are used to propose revisions to current international cold-formed steel specifications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-166
Number of pages9
JournalThin-Walled Structures
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Bending
  • Channels
  • Cold-formed steel
  • Design
  • Edge stiffeners

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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