Tests on strength of coped beams with web stiffening

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Abstract

In steel construction, when beams have to be connected to a girder at the same elevation, beam flanges must often be coped to provide enough clearance for practical joint formation. The presence of a cope in a beam will reduce the strength of the beam in the coped region. To improve the strength of coped beams, web reinforcements at the coped region were proposed in previous research studies. This paper reports the results of the first phase of the experimental program. A total of 8 tests were conducted. The test parameters include the length of longitudinal stiffeners, cope depth to beam depth ratio, cope length to beam depth ratio, and doubler plate. The test results show that the strength of the coped beam specimens was significantly increased when stiffeners were used in the cope. The increase in strength due to the presence of the longitudinal stiffeners could be as high as 96%. The longitudinal stiffeners were able to prevent local web buckling from occurring at the cope, however, the final failure mode of the beams was yielding of non-reduced section followed by rigid body movement of stiffener. The doubler plate was able to increase the strength of the beams; however, the final failure mode of the beams was still local web buckling.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Structures
Pages605-609
Number of pages5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2011
Event2011 International Conference on Structures and Building Materials, ICSBM 2011 - Guangzhou, China
Duration: 7 Jan 20119 Jan 2011

Publication series

NameAdvanced Materials Research
Volume163-167
ISSN (Print)1022-6680

Conference

Conference2011 International Conference on Structures and Building Materials, ICSBM 2011
CountryChina
CityGuangzhou
Period7/01/119/01/11

Keywords

  • Coped beam
  • Doubler plate
  • Longitudinal stiffener
  • Test
  • Web buckling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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