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Elastic buckling and second-order behaviour of pitched-roof steel frames

Authors
Journal
Journal of Constructional Steel Research
0143-974X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
63
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcsr.2006.08.003
Keywords
  • Pitched-Roof Frames
  • Buckling Behaviour
  • Second-Order Behaviour
  • Amplification Method
  • Design Approach
  • Eurocode 3
Disciplines
  • Design
  • Mathematics

Abstract

Abstract The aims of this work are two-fold: (i) to present the results of a study concerning the elastic in-plane stability and second-order behaviour of unbraced single-bay pitched-roof steel frames and (ii) to propose, validate and illustrate the application of an efficient methodology to design this type of commonly used frame. After (i) characterizing the relevant frame buckling modes and P – Δ second-order effects, and (ii) addressing the exact and approximate calculation of the associated bifurcation loads and secondary bending moments, the paper deals with the incorporation of these concepts in the definition of an efficient design procedure. In particular, it is clearly shown that, due to the rafter slope, the geometrically nonlinear behaviours of orthogonal beam-and-column and pitched-roof frames are qualitatively different. Finally, the proposed concepts and methodologies are illustrated through the presentation and discussion of numerical results involving fixed and pinned-base frames.

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