Session Start Date

11-9-2016

Session End Date

11-9-2016

Abstract

This paper is focused on optimising the cross-sectional shapes of simply-supported, singly-symmetric and open-section cold-formed steel (CFS) beams and beam-columns without manufacturing or assembly constraints. A previously developed Genetic Algorithm (GA) is used in this study. Fully restrained and unrestrained beams against lateral deflection and twist, as well as unrestrained beam-columns are optimised, of which the nominal member capacities are determined by the Direct Strength Method (DSM). The optimised cross-sectional shapes are presented and the evolution of the unrestrained cross-sectional shapes for various combinations of axial load and bending moment is analysed and discussed.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Center/Lab(s)

Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures

Meeting Name

International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures 2016

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

11-9-2016

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2016 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Unconstrained Cross-Sectional Shape Optimisation of Cold-Formed Steel Beams and Beam-Columns

This paper is focused on optimising the cross-sectional shapes of simply-supported, singly-symmetric and open-section cold-formed steel (CFS) beams and beam-columns without manufacturing or assembly constraints. A previously developed Genetic Algorithm (GA) is used in this study. Fully restrained and unrestrained beams against lateral deflection and twist, as well as unrestrained beam-columns are optimised, of which the nominal member capacities are determined by the Direct Strength Method (DSM). The optimised cross-sectional shapes are presented and the evolution of the unrestrained cross-sectional shapes for various combinations of axial load and bending moment is analysed and discussed.