Recent research advances of high strength steel welded hollow section joints

Xiaoyi Lan, Tak Ming Chan

Research output: Journal article publicationJournal articleAcademic researchpeer-review

19 Citations (Scopus)


High strength steel (HSS) with acceptable toughness and ductility has been produced due to advances in steel manufacturing technologies. The application of HSS in tubular structures could significantly reduce construction costs and lower carbon footprints. Welded hollow section joints are critical components in tubular structures. This paper aims to provide a review of recent research advances of HSS welded hollow sections joints. Current design rules and their research background for welded hollow section joints under static and fatigue loadings are firstly described. Recent investigations on the static design and fatigue performance of HSS welded hollow section joints are summarised, and further research work is discussed. The preliminary results indicate that suitability of current design rules for the HSS welded joints under static loading depends on the loading type, failure mode, steel yield stress, geometric parameters, chord preload ratio and welding. High-cycle fatigue performance of the HSS welded joints is comparable or even higher when compared with normal strength steel counterparts. More research is highly desirable for comprehensive assessment of current design provisions and proposing appropriate design rules for the HSS welded joints.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-65
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019


  • Circular hollow section
  • High strength steel
  • High-cycle fatigue
  • Low-cycle fatigue
  • Rectangular hollow section
  • Static design
  • Welded joints

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


Dive into the research topics of 'Recent research advances of high strength steel welded hollow section joints'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this