Session Start Date

10-17-1996

Abstract

A three-dimensional second-order analysis is used to study the effect of brace stiffness on the buckling strength of cold-formed steel columns. The finite element formulation uses an iterative updated Lagrangian scheme to include the second-order geometric non-linear effects in the space frame element as well as the connection element used to model a brace. Lateral brace stiffness required to achieve full bracing for a two-dimensional column, and lateral and torsional brace stiffnesses required for a three-dimensional cold-formed steel column are studied. The strength requirement for various brace components, the effects of column initial imperfections, and the impact of varying warping boundary conditions are also investigated.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Center/Lab(s)

Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures

Meeting Name

13th International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

10-17-1996

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1996 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Effect of Bracing Stiffness on Buckling Strength of Cold-formed Steel Columns

A three-dimensional second-order analysis is used to study the effect of brace stiffness on the buckling strength of cold-formed steel columns. The finite element formulation uses an iterative updated Lagrangian scheme to include the second-order geometric non-linear effects in the space frame element as well as the connection element used to model a brace. Lateral brace stiffness required to achieve full bracing for a two-dimensional column, and lateral and torsional brace stiffnesses required for a three-dimensional cold-formed steel column are studied. The strength requirement for various brace components, the effects of column initial imperfections, and the impact of varying warping boundary conditions are also investigated.