Web crippling behaviour of cold-formed steel channel sections with offset web holes subjected to interior-two-flange loading

Asraf Uzzaman, James Lim, David Nash, James Rhodes, Ben Young

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Abstract

Cold-formed steel sections are often used as wall studs or floor joists; such sections often include web holes for ease of installation of the services. Cold-formed steel design codes, however, do not consider the effect of such web holes. In this paper, a combination of experimental tests and non-linear elasto-plastic finite element analyses are used to investigate the effect of such holes on web crippling under interior-two-flange(ITF loading conditions; the cases of both flange fastened and flange unfastened are considered. A good agreement between the experimental tests and finite element analyses was obtained. The finite element model was then used for the purposes of a parametric study on the effect of different sizes and position of holes in the web. It was demonstrated that the main factors influencing the web crippling strength are the ratio of the hole depth to the depth of the web, and the ratio of the distance from the edge of the bearing to the flat depth of web. Design recommendations in the form of web crippling strength reduction factors are proposed, that are conservative to both the experimental and finite element results.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-86
Number of pages11
JournalThin-Walled Structures
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

Keywords

  • steel behaviour
  • cold-formed steel
  • web crippling behaviour
  • flange Loading

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