This paper presents a non-linear finite element analysis of large-scale hollow-core fiber-reinforced polymer-concrete-thin walled steel (HC-FCS) precast columns under reversed cyclic loading. The HC-FCS columns provide an economical and efficient alternative to conventional concrete bridge columns. The precast HC-FCS column consists of a concrete shell sandwiched between an outer fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) tube and an inner thin-walled steel tube. The steel tube diameter-to thickness (Di/ts) ratio was 254. The proposed FEA model was developed using LS_DYNA multipurpose software and was verified by experimental results performed in this study. The FE model was used to investigate some important phenomena such as thin-walled steel tube cyclic local buckling and to determine where and when steel tube yielding and damage initiation occurs. The comparison and analysis of the proposed model to predict local damages, failure patterns, and hysteretic curves were in reasonable accuracy with the experimental outcomes.

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11th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, 11NCEE (2018: Jun. 25-29, Los Angeles, CA)


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

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29 Jun 2018