Session Start Date

11-3-2010

Abstract

The objectives of this paper are to expl ore (a) how corners of cold-formed steel members are included or ignored in current design methods, and (b) the effectiveness of recent proposals for modifying the strength prediction for local buckling to account for corners. The imp act of round corners is examined on the behavior and strength of isolated elements and on full members using material and geometric nonlinear collapse analysis with shell finite elements in ABAQUS. Comparisons between the available methods and the nonlinear finite element analysis are completed to explore the regimes in which the methods are accurate, as well as when they are deficient. The current appr oach in the main Specification of AISI-S100-07, which applies no reductions regardless of corner size, is demonstrated to be uncons ervative. Initial recommendations for the design of sections with large corner radi us by effective width and direct strength methods are provided.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Center/Lab(s)

Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures

Meeting Name

20th International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

11-3-2010

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2010 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Impact of Corner Radius on Cold-formed Steel Member Strength

The objectives of this paper are to expl ore (a) how corners of cold-formed steel members are included or ignored in current design methods, and (b) the effectiveness of recent proposals for modifying the strength prediction for local buckling to account for corners. The imp act of round corners is examined on the behavior and strength of isolated elements and on full members using material and geometric nonlinear collapse analysis with shell finite elements in ABAQUS. Comparisons between the available methods and the nonlinear finite element analysis are completed to explore the regimes in which the methods are accurate, as well as when they are deficient. The current appr oach in the main Specification of AISI-S100-07, which applies no reductions regardless of corner size, is demonstrated to be uncons ervative. Initial recommendations for the design of sections with large corner radi us by effective width and direct strength methods are provided.