Nonlinear analysis of concrete-filled steel SHS and RHS columns

E. Ellobody, Ben Young

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Abstract

This paper presents an accurate nonlinear finite element model for the behaviour and design of axially loaded concrete-filled square hollow section (SHS) and rectangular hollow section (RHS) steel tube columns. The nonlinear material models for confined concrete and steel tubes were carefully modeled in the finite element analysis. The column strengths and load-axial shortening curves were evaluated. The results obtained from the finite element analysis were verified against experimental results. An extensive parametric study was conducted to investigate the effects of different concrete strengths and cross-section geometries on the strength and behaviour of concrete-filled SHS and RHS steel tube columns. The study was conducted over a wide range of concrete cube strengths ranged from 30 to 110 MPa. The overall depth of the steel tube-to-plate thickness ratio ranged from 10 to 40 covering compact SHS and RHS steel tube sections. The column strengths predicted from the finite element analysis were compared with the design strengths calculated using the American, Australian and European specifications. Based on the results obtained from the parametric study, it is found that the design strengths calculated using the American Specifications and Australian Standards are conservative, while the design strengths calculated using the European Code are accurate, except for the concrete-filled RHS compact steel tube columns having the overall depth of the steel tube-to-plate thickness ratio of 40. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)919-930
Number of pages12
JournalThin-Walled Structures
Volume44
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Composite columns
  • Concrete
  • Confinement
  • Finite element
  • High strength
  • Modeling
  • Square and rectangular hollow sections
  • Steel tubes
  • Structural design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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