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Steel and Composite Structures
  Volume 2, Number 2, April 2002 , pages 129-146

Tests of concrete-filled double skin CHS composite stub columns
Xiao-Ling Zhao, Raphael Grzebieta and Mohamed Elchalakani

    This paper describes a series of compression tests carried out on concrete filled double skin tubes (CFDST). Both outer and inner tubes are cold-formed circular hollow sections (CHS). Six section sizes were chosen for the outer tubes with diameter-to-thickness ratio ranging from 19 to 57. Two section sizes are chosen for the inner tubes with diameter-to-thickness ratio of 17 and 33. The failure modes, strength, ductility and energy absorption of CFDST are compared with those of empty single skin tubes. Increased ductility and energy absorption have been observed for CFDST especially for those having slender outer tubes with largerrndiameter-to-thickness ratio. Predictions from several theoretical models are compared with the ultimate strength of CFDST stub columns obtained in the tests. The proposed formula was found to be in good agreement with the experimental data.
Key Words
    concrete-filled tubes, double-skin composite sections, circular hollow sections
Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University, Victoria 3800, Australia

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