Ultimate load behaviour of horizontally curved plate girders

N. E. Shanmugam, M. Mahendrakumar, V. Thevendran

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Abstract

A detailed study on the ultimate load behaviour of plate girders curved in plan is described in the paper. Medium sized girders built using rolled steel plates were tested to failure. The girders were supported at the ends and subjected to a concentrated load applied at the mid span. The behaviour of web panels was closely studied in order to obtain a complete picture of the tension field action. All the girders were analysed by the elasto-plastic finite element method and the results were compared with those obtained experimentally. The test results indicate that the load-carrying capacity decreases with the increase in curvature. The finite element results for deformation and ultimate strength show good agreement with the corresponding values observed in the experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-529
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Constructional Steel Research
Volume59
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Beams and girders
Steel
Load limits
Plastics
Finite element method
Experiments

Keywords

  • Experimental study
  • Finite element analysis
  • Load-deflection behaviour
  • Plate girders curved in plan
  • Tension field action
  • Ultimate load behaviour

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)

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Ultimate load behaviour of horizontally curved plate girders. / Shanmugam, N. E.; Mahendrakumar, M.; Thevendran, V.

In: Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol. 59, No. 4, 04.2003, p. 509-529.

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Shanmugam, N. E. ; Mahendrakumar, M. ; Thevendran, V. / Ultimate load behaviour of horizontally curved plate girders. In: Journal of Constructional Steel Research. 2003 ; Vol. 59, No. 4. pp. 509-529.
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