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Numerical Optimization of Cold Formed Closed Built-up Steel Column

Pradeep T, Arun N
P.G. Student, Department of Civil Engineering, K.S.Rangasamy College of Technology, Tiruchengode, Namakkal Tamil Nadu India
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The Optimization of cold formed closed steel built-up columns without stiffeners is performed using finite element analysis. An accurate finite element model is used for study in which different size of webs are investigated. The closed cold formed built-up steel column strength were studied with and without coupling of section. The finial section of column buckling behaviour is predicted by the nonlinear finite element method anddiscusses the unfactored design column strength


Channel section, Built-up section and Optimized specimen.


In steel structures, two primary structural steel member types are used: Hot rolled steel members and Cold- forming steel members. The Hot rolled steel members are formed at elevated temperature whereas Cold formed steel are formed at room temperature. The Hot rolled section are heavy weight instead of this, Cold formed steel are less weight. Cross sectional shapes are formed to close tolerances and these can be consistently repeated for as long as required. Cold rolling can be employed to produce almost any desired shape to any desired length. It is possible to displace the material far away from the neutral axis in order to enhance the load carrying capacity.
Cold-formed steel sections are widely used in construction and building industries. The popularity of these products has dramatically increased in recent years due to their wide range of application, ease of fabrication and high strength-toweight ratios. Cold-formed steel structural members may lead to a more economic design than hot-rolled steel members. Cold-formed steel members are either cold-rolled or brake-pressed into structural shapes. Channel section is a common type of Singly-symmetric section. Cold-formed steel channels are commonly used as wall studs and chord members of roof trusses in steel frame housing and industrial buildings. These structural members are mainly subjected to axial compression. The compression members may fail in complex buckling modes, such as local, distortional, flexural and flexural-torsional buckling.


The main scope of the study is as follows:
 To examine the effect of strength in cross sectional geometries on thecold-formed steel built-up section by using the finite element analysis software ANSYS 12.
 To choose the Best channel closed built-up section.


The length of the section is chosen in the range where the Torsional buckling occurs in the elastic buckling analysis using CUFSM software. All the section having the length of 1000 mm and thickness of 1.6 mm. The Dimensions of section is initially chosen from thumb rule of relation between web (W) and flange (F) element (W=2F). The cross section geometries and dimensions are shown in Figure.01.


Finite element analysis plays an important role in engineering practice, as it is relatively in expensive and time efficient compared with physical experiments, especially in parametric study of cross section geometry is involved. Finite element analysis software package ANSYS 12 is used to simulate the buckling behaviour of the intermediate length cold-formed steel cold-formed steel stiffened sigma section under axial compression. Four-noded SHELL 181 elements are used in the finite element analysis. Material and geometric nonlinearity are incorporated in the developed finite element model whereas residual stresses and cold-forming effects are not included in the finite element model. The models are based on the centre line cross section dimensions. A series of mesh convergences studies are carried out, a mesh size of 10 mm X 10 mm are found to be suitable for the column length of 1000 mm. The Detailed Finite element model including mesh size and support conditions are illustrated in Figure 03.
In this study pin end conditions are used as shown in Figure 03(c) to Figure 03(d). At the unloaded end, translations in all the directions are restrained as well as the rotation about the longitudinal direction. But in the loaded end is restrained as same as that of the unloaded end except for the translation in the longitudinal direction. All the boundary conditions are applied to the independent centroidal node of the rigid fixed point created at the loaded and unloaded end of the model defined as the master nodes .This master node acts as a rigid surface that was rigidly connected to both ends of the column as shown in Figure 1d. All the sections are of thickness 1.6 mm with yield stress of 270 N/mm2, Young’s modulus of 2 X 105 N/mm2 and Tangent modulus of 20000 N/mm2 with a Poisson’s ration of 0.3. The local-distortional imperfection is taken as approximately equal to the plate thickness as recommended by Schafer and Pekoz.
Two types of analyses are used in the finite element analysis for buckling. Initially a linear elastic buckling analysis is performed to obtain the buckling loads and associated buckling modes. Finally, non linear buckling analyses are performed to predict the ultimate load capacity.


Cold formed steel section of suitable dimension is generated in the analysis software ANSYS 12. The Non-linear Load and Deflection for all the sections were predicted from finite element analysis software (ANSYS 12). The investigation is carried out by developing the model of the order of the relation between web (W) and flange (F), (W=2F to F=2W). The same study was carried in the closed built-up steel channel column. The Load and Deflection of each section of both open channel and closed built-up channel where shown in Table 02.


Finite element analysis of the cold formed closed built-up column member is analysed using ANSYS 12 software. The nonlinear strength and deflections were predicted from above research, for each cross sections and developed the relations between the built-up and channel sections. The sections were optimised from the finite element result. Finally the section had been confirmed and the behaviour of both the sections have been studied.


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