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Steel and Composite Structures   Volume 25, Number 4, November20 2017, pages 457-472
Behavior of concrete-filled round-ended steel tubes under bending
Fa-xing Ding, Tao Zhang, Liping Wang and Lei Fu

Abstract     [Full Text]
    The objective of this paper is to investigate the flexural behavior of concrete-filled round-ended steel tubes (CFRTs) under bending. Beam specimens were tested to investigate the mechanical behavior of the CFRTs, including four CFTs with different concrete strengths and steel ratios, and three CFRTs with varied aspect ratios. The load vs. deflection relationships and the failure modes for CFRTs were analyzed in detail. The composite action between the core concrete and steel tube was also discussed and examined based on the experimental results. In addition, ABAQUS program was used to develop the full-scale finite element model and analyze the effect of different parameters on the moment vs. curvature curves of the CFRTs bending about the major and minor axis, respectively. Furthermore, design formulas were proposed to estimate the ultimate moment and the flexural stiffness of the CFRTs, and the simplified theoretical model of the moment vs. curvature curves was also developed. The predicted results showed satisfactory agreement with the experimental and FE results. Finally, the differences of the experimental, FE and predicted results using the existing codes were illustrated.
Key Words
    concrete-filled round-ended steel tube (CFRT); flexural behavior; ultimate moment; finite element analysis; full-scale model; composite action
Fa-xing Ding, Tao Zhang, Liping Wang and Lei Fu: School of Civil Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan Province, 410075, P.R. China

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