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  Volume 1, Number 2, April 2016 , pages 207-220

Effect of stiffened element and edge stiffener in strength and behaviour of cold formed steel built-up beams
P. Manikandan and S.Sukumar

    The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of stiffened element and edge stiffener in the behaviour and flexural strength of built-up cold-formed steel beams. An experimental and analytical analysis of CFS channel sections in four different geometries is conducted, including simple channel sections, a stiffened channel section with or without edge stiffeners. Nonlinear finite element models are developed using finite element analysis software package ANSYS. The FEA results are verified with the experimental results. Further, the finite element model is used for parametric studies by varying the depth, thickness, and the effect of stiffened element, edge stiffener and their interaction with compression flanges on stiffened built-up cold-formed steel beams with upright edge stiffeners. In addition, the flexural strength predicted by the finite element analysis is compared with the design flexural strength calculated by using the North American Iron and Steel Institute Specifications for cold-formed steel structures (AISI: S100-2007) and suitable suggestion is made.
Key Words
    built-up beams; cold formed steel; beams; edge stiffener; finite element analysis
P. Manikandan: Department of Civil Engineering, K.S.Rangasamy College of Technology, Namakkal - 637 215, Tamil Nadu, India

S.Sukumar: Department of Civil Engineering, Government College of Engineering, Salem-636 011, Tamil Nadu, India

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