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Influence of Shear Connection Distributions on the Behaviour of Continuous Steel-concrete Composite Beams


Medium: journal article
Language(s): English
Published in: The Open Civil Engineering Journal, , n. 1, v. 11
Page(s): 384-395
DOI: 10.2174/1874149501711010384


In this work the behaviour of continuous steel-concrete composite beams with different shear connection distributions obtained from two design methods, i.e. Eurocode 4 and a proposed alternative approach, is analysed.


For this purpose a finite element model specifically developed for the nonlinear analysis of steel-concrete composite beams is adopted. This finite element model includes material nonlinearity of slab concrete, reinforcement steel, beam steel as well as slab-beam nonlinear partial interaction due to the deformable shear connection. The inclusion of the partial interaction in the composite beam model provides information on the slab-beam interface slip and shear force and enables to model the failure of the shear connectors.

Results and Conclusion:

In this way it is possible to analyse and quantify the effect of shear connector distributions on the global and local response of continuous steel-concrete composite beams, both under service load levels and at collapse. Particular attention is focused on the ductility requirements on the shear connectors when varying the connection design approach and distribution.

Copyright: © 2017 Alessandro Zona et al.

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