Doctoral Dissertations


"Analytical and experimental investigations have been conducted to study the influence of perforations on the structural behavior of cold-formed steel structural members. Since in many cases, the load-carrying capacity of cold-formed steel members depends on the buckling behavior of individual component elements, emphasis has been concentrated on the study of the instability and post-buckling strength of perforated elements. In this investigation, the buckling loads and post-buckling strength of stiffened and unstiffened compression elements having single circular and square holes have been studied analytically by using the finite element method. The effects of different holes on the buckling coefficient have been verified by the experimental data obtained from the testing of columns and beams with perforated flanges. The equations for determination of the effective width have been developed on the basis of the post-buckling strength of compression elements. An experimental investigation has been conducted to study the influence of holes on the shear buckling load of beam webs. The test data was compared with analytical results of other investigators. Better correlation was found between the test data and the analytical solution for the simple support condition. A load reduction equation was derived on the basis of the experimental study. The crippling strength of perforated webs were also investigated experimentally. In this investigation, twenty tests were conducted to cover a practical range of height-to-thickness ratios. Based on the results obtained from tests, load reduction factors were derived for steel members with circular and square perforated webs. The stability of perforated plates subjected to equal and opposite point loads were investigated. The trend of this analytic study was found in agreement with the experimental investigation. Design recommendations are developed for: perforated stiffened compression elements, perforated unstiffened compression elements, perforated shear webs, and crippling of perforated webs"--Abstract, pages ii-iii.


Yu, Wei-wen, 1924-

Committee Member(s)

Best, John, 1925-2015
Senne, Joseph H.
Andrews, William A., 1922-2009
Celis, Antonio J.
Parry, Myron G.


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Civil Engineering


American Iron and Steel Institute
Southern Fellowship Fund


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date



xi, 126 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 122-125).


© 1972 Charles Simon Davis, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Steel, Structural
Steel -- Cold working
Thin-walled structures

Thesis Number

T 2753

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