Catenary action in steel-framed buildings

Byfield, Michael P. and Paramasivam, Sakthivel (2007) Catenary action in steel-framed buildings. Structures and Buildings, 160, (5), 247-257. (doi:10.1680/stbu.2007.160.5.247).


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The current paper is of relevance to engineers engaged in the design of buildings in which severe column damage resulting from malicious actions is a design scenario. The tying force method as used for providing robustness to steel-framed buildings relies upon catenary action to redistribute loads following column damage. Fortunately severe column damage is extremely rare and for this reason it is not well understood if this load redistribution mechanism is reliable. The current paper presents results of an investigation into the tying force method by way of a case study of a steel-framed building in which support to a perimeter column is removed. Results indicate that industry standard beam-column connections possess insufficient ductility to accommodate the large floor displacements that occur during catenary action and the factor of safety against collapse is shown to be less than 0.2.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1680/stbu.2007.160.5.247
ISSNs: 0965-0911 (print)
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Keywords: steel structures, building structures and design, design methods and aids
Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 48871
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
October 2007Published
October 2006Submitted
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:25

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