Evaluation of the Rotation Capacity of Wide-Flange Beams Using Shell Finite Elements

by Gyula Greschik, Cornell Univ, United States,
Donald W. White, Cornell Univ, United States,
William McGuire, Cornell Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Steel Structures


Numerical simulation can be useful for planning of experimental tests, performance of parametric studies, and achieving an understanding of complex three-dimensional behavior that may be difficult to observe experimentally. However, the correlation between experiments and detailed numerical models is often sensitive to a number of factors that are not well understood. This paper investigates the use of shell finite elements for a specific stability consideration in steel structures - evaluation of the rotation capacity of wide-flange beams. The examples presented include comparisons of numerical results with published experimental data regarding the effects of web and flange slenderness and moment gradient.

Subject Headings: Numerical models | Rotation | Flanges | Beams | Finite element method | Comparative studies | Steel structures | Three-dimensional models

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