Flexural Behaviour of Built-up Beams Made of Optimised Sections

Elilarasi Kanthasamy, Janaid Hussain, Kajaharan Thirunavukkarasu, Keerthan Poologanathan, Krishanu Roy, G. Beulah Gnana Ananthi, Thadshajini Suntharalingam

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The modular construction industry often seeks cost-effective, high-performing, and longer-span members in buildings to ensure efficiency and quality. Accordingly, the idea of built-up sections was brought into gain numerous benefits including higher structural capacity, improved torsional rigidity, and increased stiffness. While limited research studies have been carried out to study the structural performances of built-up sections, few innovative section profiles have been developed in the industry considering the structural benefits, including improved stiffness. Hence, the application of newly developed built-up sections could enhance the employment of built-up sections in the industry. On that note, this research is focused on the flexural behaviour of optimised section profiles named the LCB-benchmark (Lipped Channel Beam), the optimised-LCB, folded-flange and the super-sigma sections. In addition, different materials, namely cold-formed carbon steel (CFS), cold-formed (CF) aluminium and CF stainless steel, were considered for built-up sections, in order to provide recommendations based on their flexural performances. Numerical analysis was carried out on single sections as well as on built-up sections to the developed parametric plan after the successful validation of experimental studies. The results were compared for single and built-up sections. Finally, based on the comparisons, the folded-flange built-up section is recommended for all three materials as it displayed the highest bending capacity, and the capacity enhancement compared to the corresponding single section was a minimum of 131%.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1868
Number of pages20
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2022


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