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Effect of stressed skin action on the behaviour of cold-formed steel portal frames

Wrzesien, AM, Lim, JBP, Xu, Y, MacLeod, IA and Lawson, RM (2015) Effect of stressed skin action on the behaviour of cold-formed steel portal frames Engineering Structures. pp. 123-136.

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This paper describes six full-scale laboratory tests conducted on cold-formed steel portal frames buildings in order to investigate the effects of joint flexibility and stressed-skin diaphragm action. The frames used for the laboratory tests were of span of 6 m, height of 3 m and pitch of 10°; the frame spacing was 3 m. The laboratory test setup represented buildings of length of 9 m, having two gable frames and two internal frames. Tests were conducted on frames having two joint sizes, both with and without roof cladding. It was shown that as a result of stressed-skin diaphragm action, under horizontal load the bending moment at the eaves was reduced by approximately a factor of three, relative to the bare frame. It was also shown that as a result of stressed-skin action, the deflection of the internal frame reduced by 90%, and that the stiffness was independent of joint flexibility. On the other hand, owing to redistribution of bending moment from the eaves to the apex, the effect of joint flexibility was shown not to be significant on the overall failure load of the frame.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Civil Engineering
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Civil and Environmental Engineering
Authors :
Wrzesien, AM
Lim, JBP
Xu, Y
MacLeod, IA
Lawson, RM
Date : 24 October 2015
DOI : 10.1016/j.engstruct.2015.09.026
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Cold-formed steel, Portal frames, Stressed skin action
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 10 Oct 2016 11:10
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 18:46

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