Doctoral Dissertations


"This dissertation describes the development of the basic criteria needed for the design of structural members cold-formed from certain ferritic stainless steels. The Allowable Stress Design method as well as the Load and Resistance Factor Design method receive attention. The ferritic stainless steels under consideration are: Types AISI 409 and 430 as well as a modified Type 409 steel, designated 3CR12 steel, developed and produced by the speciality steel producing company, Middelburg Steel and Alloys in South Africa.

The mechanical properties needed for structural design are established. It is shown through an experimental study that the design provisions for the carbon and low-alloy steels as well as those for the austenitic stainless steels, are suitable for the ferritic stainless steels in as far as local and post buckling behavior of flat stiffened and unstiffened compression elements of member sections are concerned. Investigations into the behavior of flexural members and axially loaded compression members indicate that aspects such as ultimate moment capacity and deflection of flexural members and overall column buckling of compression members may be predicted with confidence. The performances of bolted and welded connections are also evaluated. The experimental results are statistically analyzed to provide the information required for the development of resistance factors for the Load and Resistance Factor Design Method.

The needs for future research are identified"--Abstract, page ii.


Yu, Wei-wen, 1924-

Committee Member(s)

Keith, Harold D. (Harold Dean), 1941-
Senne, Joseph H.
Best, John, 1925-2015
Andrews, William A., 1922-2009


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Civil Engineering


Middelburg Steel and Alloys


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Fall 1987


xiii, 203 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 164-186).


© 1987 Pieter Van Der Merwe, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Steel -- Cold working
Structural design
Steel, Structural
Stainless steel -- Testing

Thesis Number

T 5639

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