Investigation on concrete filled double skin steel tubes (CFDSTs) under pure torsion

Hong Huang, Lin Hai Han, Xiao Lin Zhao

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This paper presents a series of tests on concrete filled double skin steel tubular (CFDST) members subjected to pure torsion. Two types of combinations are included, i.e., CFDST section with circular hollow section (CHS) as both inner and outer tubes, and section with CHS as the inner tube and square hollow section (SHS) as the outer tube. Finite element method was used to analyze typical failure mode and complete torque-rotation curve of the specimens, as well as interaction between the steel tubes and the sandwiched concrete of CFDSTs. It was found that the results calculated by finite element method show reasonable agreement with those of the test results. Six important parameters influencing the torque versus torsional rotation curves are identified, i.e. nominal steel ratio, yield strength of outer steel tubes and inner steel tubes, concrete cube compressive strength, width to thickness ratio of inner steel tubes and hollow section ratio. Finally, design formulas are proposed for calculating torsional capacities of CFDSTs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-234
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Constructional Steel Research
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Concrete filled double skin steel tubes (CFDSTs)
  • Design model
  • Failure mode
  • Parametric analysis
  • Torsion
  • Torsional capacity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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