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Concrete-filled circular steel tubes with a timber infill under axial compression

Ghanbari Ghazijahani, T ORCID: 0000-0002-8743-739X, Jiao, H ORCID: 0000-0001-8877-7268 and Holloway, D ORCID: 0000-0001-9537-2744 2017 , 'Concrete-filled circular steel tubes with a timber infill under axial compression' , Journal of Structural Engineering, vol. 143, no. 7 , pp. 1-9 , doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0001757.

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Abstract

Over the past two decades, there has been significant interest in research relating to concrete-filled tubes, and a corresponding penetration of this technology into practice. This paper aims to expound upon the effect of timber cores on the structural response of concrete-filled circular tubes under compression. A timber infill with different shapes and geometries surrounded by concrete and encased in a steel tube was employed. The effects of the combination of infill elements on the failure, axial capacity, ductility, and structural efficiency (weight versus capacity) are exhaustively set forth. For the specimens with the highest timber to concrete ratio, the capacity was enhanced by about two times the capacity of the hollow steel specimens. For these specimens a significant reduction in the total weight of the composite element was obtained relative to the fully concrete-filled specimens. These specimens showed the highest ductility among the other specimens. In addition, greater ratios of energy absorption to the mass were obtained for the specimens with different timber cores in comparison to the equivalent values for fully concrete-filled tubes, which is quite desirable in many practical scenarios. It is found that the use of timber as an inner core element in this new composite yields promising results in decreasing the weight and yet enhancing the capacity, ductility, and energy absorption, and can be a good alternative to double-skin concrete-filled steel tubes.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Ghanbari Ghazijahani, T and Jiao, H and Holloway, D
Keywords: concrete-filled tubes, timber infill, columns, axial compression, metal and composite structure
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Structural Engineering
Publisher: Asce-Amer Soc Civil Engineers
ISSN: 0733-9445
DOI / ID Number: 10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0001757
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