Structural behaviour and continuous strength method design of high strength steel non-slender welded I-section beam-columns

Kevin Tse, Jie Wang, Xiang Yun

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This paper presents the development of efficient design equations for high strength steel (HSS) welded I-section beam–columns under the framework of the Continuous Strength Method (CSM). The present work includes a collection of available experimental data on HSS S690 and S960 welded I-section beam–columns and a comprehensive numerical modelling programme considering a wider spectrum of parameters that influence the structural behaviour of the HSS welded I-section beam–columns. The developed FE models were first validated against test results collected from the literature, after which parametric studies were performed to generate further results to assess the accuracy of the codified design methods as used in Europe and the US, as well as to underpin new design proposals for HSS non-slender welded I-section beam–columns. It has been shown that the proposed CSM-based design approach is able to provide reliable design predictions with improved accuracy and reduced scatter over the existing design methods, and its reliability has been confirmed by means of statistical analyses.

Original languageEnglish
Article number108273
JournalThin-Walled Structures
Publication statusAcceptance date - 9 Aug 2021


  • Beam–columns
  • Continuous Strength Method
  • Design rules
  • Finite element analysis
  • High strength steel
  • Reliability analysis
  • Welded I-sections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering

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