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Steel and Composite Structures   Volume 23, Number 4, March20 2017, pages 387-397
Numerical study on the rotation capacity of CFRP strengthened cold formed steel beams
Mohammed H. Serror, Essam G. Soliman and Ahmed F. Hassan

Abstract     [Full Text]
    Currently, CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer) plate bonding is used quite extensively as a strengthening method. In this technique, a composite CFRP plate or sheet of relatively small thickness is bonded with an adhesion material to steel or concrete structure in order to improve its structural behavior and strength. The sheets or plates do not require much space and give a composite action between the adherents. In this study, the rotation capacity of CFRP-strengthened cold-formed steel (CFS) beams has been evaluated through numerical investigation. Studies on different structural levels have been performed. At the beam level, C-section has been adopted with different values of profile thickness, web height, and flange width. At the connection level, a web bolted moment resistant type of connection using through plate has been adopted. In web-bolted connections without CFRP strengthening, premature web buckling results in early loss of strength. Hence, CFRP sheets and plates with different mechanical properties and geometric configurations have been examined to delay web and flange buckling and to produce relatively high moment strength and rotation capacity. The numerical results reveal that CFRP strengthening may increase strength, initial stiffness, and rotation capacity when compared with the case without strengthening.
Key Words
    cold-formed steel beam; rotation capacity; through plate moment connection; carbon fiber reinforced polymer; strengthening
Department of Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt.

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