A design rule for web crippling of cold-formed steel lipped channel beams based on nonlinear FEA

Martin Macdonald, M. A. Heiyantuduwa

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This paper presents the details of a research study conducted with the aim of developing an alternative design rule to predict the web crippling strength of cold-formed steel lipped channel beams. Current empirical web crippling design rules are perceived to be only accurate for the type of sections and the section dimensions that have been tested. A large number of experiments are often necessary to validate these design rules for a wider range of section types and dimensions, and these experiments are often expensive and impractical. Hence, a design rule which is based on a theoretical or numerical model has been attempted through this work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-130
Number of pages8
JournalThin-Walled Structures
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012



  • web crippling behaviour
  • cold-formed steel
  • finite element analysis

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