Tensile behaviour of headed anchored hollo-bolts in concrete filled hollow steel tube connections

Partha Pratim Debnath, Tak Ming Chan

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Achieving a strong and stiff bolted connection with concrete filled steel tube (CFST) has been a challenge to structural engineers, and therefore to enhance the connection performance, blind-bolts that are extended to anchor in the concrete core have been recently developed. Though some experimental tests to investigate the performance of extended blind-bolts were conducted, a holistic understanding of extended hollo-bolts remains to be at scarce because of certain limitations in the experimental program. In this work, the tensile pull-out behaviour of extended hollo-bolt, has been extensively investigated for its performance with CFST column connections. The study is conducted initially by validating numerical models with existing experimental works, and later by conducting extensive finite element parametric studies to predict and understand the influence of various connection components. It is observed that, not only the presence of concrete in the hollow steel tube has led to reduced deformation of the connection, but also the bolt embedment length into the concrete core has significantly improved the strength and stiffness. The study observes significant change in connection behaviour due to influence of change of parameter profiles. In this study, the various failure modes that can be altered as per combinations of the connection component strength are elaborately discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111982
JournalEngineering Structures
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2021


  • Blind-bolts
  • Bolted connection
  • CFST
  • Composite behaviour
  • Hollo-bolts
  • Tensile pull-out

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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