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Strength enhancement of cold-formed steel tubular column using GFRP strip subjected to axial compression

Abstract: 
The experimental and analytical evaluation of externally reinforced square and circular cold-formed steel tubular columns with GFRP strips is presented in this study. Under axial compression, fourteen tubular columns with pinned support, seven square tubular sections, and seven circular hollow section columns with externally bonded GFRP strips at various points were tested to failure. The GFRP strips improved the load-carrying capacity of the columns according to the trial results. The GFRP strip at the ends and intermediate regions, with a clear spacing of 100 to 150 mm between the strips, has been proven to be the most effective in achieving ultimate strength, especially for column specimens with full wrapping. Wrapping the GFRP strips increases the strength of square and circular columns by 24 % and 5%, respectively, when compared to unwrapped specimens. The percentage gain in strength is 16% when the cross-section is changed from circular to square. Local and overall flexural buckling, respectively, are the failure modes seen in the square and circular sections. The experimental strength and axial deformation were compared to the analytical results, which showed a satisfactory correlation.
Article status: 
Published
Journal number: 
2021-04

Authors

Sangeetha Palanivelu - Department of Civil Engineering, Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Dhinagaran Moorthy - Department of Civil Engineering, Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Gobinaath Subramani - Department of Civil Engineering, Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Jeevan Raj Dhayanithi - Department of Civil Engineering, Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

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