Session Start Date

8-24-2012

Session End Date

8-25-2012

Keywords and Phrases

Cold-formed steel, Bracing member, Shear lag, Net section failure

Abstract

This paper is concentrated mainly on the behaviour of bracing end connections for cold formed steel lipped angle and lipped channel sections. For bracing members, only one flange is possible to connect with tower leg member or supporting member, which causes uneven distribution of stresses in the end section popularly known as shear lag effect. Tension tests have been carried out to simulate the bracing end connections. Special test rig has been assembled and end fittings fabricated such that the load will be applied as concentric load at the pulling end and on the other end load is transferred through the connected flange only. All the specimens have been instrumented with dial gauges, to study the deformations and one specimen is instrumented with strain gauges to study the strain variation. The failure load for tested joints has been calculated by using various International Standards and compared with the test results.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Center/Lab(s)

Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures

Meeting Name

21st International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

8-24-2012

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2012 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Studies on Bracing Member End Connections for Cold Formed Steel Sections

This paper is concentrated mainly on the behaviour of bracing end connections for cold formed steel lipped angle and lipped channel sections. For bracing members, only one flange is possible to connect with tower leg member or supporting member, which causes uneven distribution of stresses in the end section popularly known as shear lag effect. Tension tests have been carried out to simulate the bracing end connections. Special test rig has been assembled and end fittings fabricated such that the load will be applied as concentric load at the pulling end and on the other end load is transferred through the connected flange only. All the specimens have been instrumented with dial gauges, to study the deformations and one specimen is instrumented with strain gauges to study the strain variation. The failure load for tested joints has been calculated by using various International Standards and compared with the test results.