Numerical Investigation on Hollow Pultruded Fibre Reinforced Polymer Tube Columns

Al-Saadi, A.U. and Aravinthan, T. ORCID: and Lokuge, W. ORCID: (2020) Numerical Investigation on Hollow Pultruded Fibre Reinforced Polymer Tube Columns. In: 25th Australasian Conference on Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM25), 4–7 Dec, 2018, Brisbane, Australia.

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As the axial behaviour of hollow pultruded fibre reinforced polymer (PFRP) profiles is governed by the instability conditions due to the local and global buckling, the determination of the safe load carrying capacity of FRP columns is vital. The compressive performance of PFRP tube depends on many factors such as fibre type, fibre content, and orientation of fibre layers, cross-section, thickness and height of the column member. In this study, concentric compressive testing was conducted using PFRP short columns. Based on the fibre orientation and thickness, the samples were divided into two groups of tubes in a square shape and two groups in a circular shape. The height of columns is designed to keep the slenderness ratio (length/lateral dimension) of 5. The axial behaviour of FRP columns was simulated using STRAND7 finite element software package. The laminate method was followed to define the mechanical properties of the FRP material. Failure was investigated by using the Tsai-Wu failure criterion. The experimental results show that the failure mode of the hollow square tube was either local buckling or corner splitting at the mid-height followed by buckling. Although both types of circular tubes failed in a similar way by crushing one end with high noise, followed by separation of the crushed end into strips, the stiffness and the load capacity of PFRP column was higher for the profiles with fibres oriented close to the axial direction. The numerical results are in close agreement with the peak value of the experimental results. This can be extended to study the effects of all factors that influence the axial behaviour of PFRP columns numerically.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Future Materials (1 Jan 2017 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2020 05:40
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2020 05:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: Axial behaviour; Buckling; Column; Finite element; Pultruded FRP tube
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400510 Structural engineering
40 ENGINEERING > 4016 Materials engineering > 401602 Composite and hybrid materials
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
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