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Advances in Concrete Construction   Volume 6, Number 5, October 2018, pages 485-507
Residual strength capacity of fire-exposed circular concrete-filled steel tube stub columns
Ihssan A. Alhatmey, Talha Ekmekyapar and Salih K. Alrebeh

Abstract     [Full Text]
    Concrete-Filled Steel Tube (CFST) columns are an increasingly popular means to support great compressive loads in buildings. The residual strength capacity of CFST stub columns may be utilized to assess the potential damage caused by fire and calculate the structural fire protection for least post-fire repair. Ten specimens under room conditions and 10 specimens under fire exposure to the Eurocode smouldering slow-growth fire were tested to examine the effects of diameter to thickness D/t ratio and reinforcing bars on residual strength capacity, ductility and stiffness of CFST stub columns. On the other hand, in sixteen among the twenty specimens, three or six reinforcing bars were welded inside the steel tube. The longitudinal strains in the steel tube and load-displacement relationships were recorded throughout the subsequent compressive tests. Corresponding values of residual strength capacity calculated using AISC 360-10 and EC4 standards are presented for comparison purposes with the experimental results of this study. The test results showed that after exposure to 750oC, the residual strength capacity increased for all specimens, while the ductility and stiffness were slightly decreased. The comparison results showed that the predicted residual strength using EC4 were close to those obtained experimentally in this research.
Key Words
    circular CFST stub columns; post-fire residual strength; welded reinforcing bars; design specifications
Ihssan A. Alhatmey, Talha Ekmekyapar and Salih K. Alrebeh: Department of Civil Engineering, University of Gaziantep, 27310 Gaziantep, Turkey

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