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Steel and Composite Structures
  Volume 17, Number 4, October 2014 , pages 431-452

Mechanical behaviour of concrete filled double skin steel tubular stub columns confined by FRP under axial compression
Jun Wang, Weiqing Liu, Ding Zhou, Lu Zhu and Hai Fang

    The present study focuses on the mechanical behaviour of concrete filled double skin steel tubular (CFDST) stub columns confined by fiber reinforced polymer (FRP). A series of axial compression tests have been conducted on two CFDST stub columns, eight CFDST stub columns confined by FRP and a concrete-filled steel tubular (CFST) stub column confined by FRP, respectively. The influences of hollow section ratio, FRP wall thickness and fibre longitudinal-circumferential proportion on the load-strain curve and the concrete stress-strain curve for stub columns with annular section were discussed. The test results displayed that the FRP jacket can obviously enhance the carrying capacity of stub columns. Based on the test results, a new model which includes the effects of confinement factor, hollow section ratio and lateral confining pressure of the outer steel tube was proposed to calculate the compressive strength of confined concrete. Using the present concrete strength model, the formula to predict the carrying capacity of CFDST stub columns confined by FRP was derived. The theoretically predicted results agree well with those obtained from the experiments and FE analysis. The present method is also adapted to calculate the carrying capacity of CFST stub columns confined by FRP.
Key Words
    FRP; concrete filled steel tubular column; double skin; axial compression
College of Civil Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing 211816, People's Republic of China.

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