Design of web-tapered steel beams against lateral-torsional buckling through a stiffness reduction method

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Title: Design of web-tapered steel beams against lateral-torsional buckling through a stiffness reduction method
Authors: Kucukler, M
Gardner, L
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: A stiffness reduction method for the lateral-torsional buckling (LTB) assessment of welded web-tapered steel beams is presented in this study. The method is implemented by (i) modelling a tapered steel beam using elastic beam finite elements specifically developed to represent the elastic instability response of tapered steel members, (ii) reducing the Young's modulus E and shear modulus G of each element through a stiffness reduction function considering the bending moments and cross-section properties at the middle of each element and (iii) performing an elastic Linear Buckling Analysis of the beam with reduced stiffness, referred to as LBA-SR herein. Since the adverse influence of the development of plasticity and imperfections on the ultimate member strengths are fully accounted for through stiffness reduction, the presented method does not require any further global instability assessment using member design equations; thus, the proposed method is both direct and practical. Verification of the method is shown for a wide range of web-tapered steel beams using results from nonlinear shell finite element modelling.
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2019
Date of Acceptance: 2-Apr-2019
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/70109
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2019.04.008
ISSN: 0141-0296
Publisher: Elsevier
Start Page: 246
End Page: 261
Journal / Book Title: Engineering Structures
Volume: 190
Copyright Statement: © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This manuscript is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Keywords: 0905 Civil Engineering
Civil Engineering
Publication Status: Published
Embargo Date: 2020-04-15
Online Publication Date: 2019-04-15
Appears in Collections:Civil and Environmental Engineering



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