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ARHIVA Broj 3 Bending shear interaction of longitudinally stiffened girders



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Darko Beg

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, Slovenia, University Professor

Franc Sinur

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, Slovenia, Assistant


Abstract: To understand behaviour of longitudinally stiffened plated girders subjected to high bending moments and shear forces, four tests on large scale test specimens were performed. The results of these tests were used to verify the numerical model, which was employed for further parametric studies. With a verified simplified numerical model a parametric nonlinear analysis was systematically carried out to determine the resistance of longitudinally stiffened plated girders. Based on 630 numerical simulations a new equation for interaction at high bending moments and shear forces is proposed, as is the section, where the check should be performed. An extensive reliability analysis of five different design models was made, i.e., the EN 1993-1-5 interaction model, the proposed new model, the gross cross-section bending resistance model and two models, which are a combination of the first three.


Key words: bending-shear interaction, resistance of longitudinally stiffened plated girders, numerical simulations, large scale specimens, interaction model




Sažetak: Kako bismo razumjeli ponašanje uzdužno ukrućenih limenih nosača izloženih utjecajima velikih momenata savijanja i poprečnih sila, provedena su četiri ispitivanja na velikim modelima. Rezultati ovih ispitivanja korišteni su za provjeru numeričkog modela koji je izrađen s ciljem daljnje parametarske analize. Na temelju potvrđenog numeričkog modela provedena je parametarska nelinearna analiza s ciljem određivanja otpornosti uzdužno ukrućenih limenih nosača. Na temelju 630 numeričkih simulacija predložen je novi izraz za interakciju momenata savijanja i poprečnih sila, kao i presjek na kojemu treba izvršiti provjeru. Provedena je opsežna analiza pouzdanosti na pet različitih modela, kao na primjer: modelu međudjelovanja prema EN 1993-1-5, predloženom novom modelu, modelu otpornosti na savijanje bruto presjeka, te na dva modela koji su kombinacija prva tri.


Ključne riječi: međudjelovanje savijanja i poprečne sile, otpornost uzdužno ukrućenih limenih nosača, numeričke simulacije, veliki ispitni uzorci, model međudjelovanja



1 Introduction


In EN 1993-1-5 [1] the interaction of bending moment and shear forces in the panel takes into account the gradient of bending moment. Therefore the moment-shear interaction is checked at a distance of hw/2 from the most stressed edge of the panel. The interaction rule given in EN 1993-1-5 does not distinguish between longitudinally stiffened girders and longitudinally unstiffened girders. The interaction formula in EN 1993-1-5 was verified [2] on longitudinally unstiffened girders against experimental tests and numerical simulations. The tests and numerical simulations confirmed its validity. After EN 1993-1-5 was published, some doubts have been risen whether the same interaction formulation can also be used for longitudinally stiffened girders, especially because this formulation results in much higher resistance than interaction formulations in some national standards like BS 5400-3 [3] and DIN 18800 [4]. To cover this gap experimental and numerical analysis of the problem was performed.



2 Experimental program


The aim of four full scale tests was to examine a characteristic behaviour of longitudinally stiffened plated girders under high bending and shear load and to see, whether the current design rules given in EN 1993-1-5 are adequate. Further on, the test results also serve for the verification of numerical models.

The tests were performed on two girders stiffened with transverse and longitudinal stiffeners. On each of them two panels were investigated in the area of high bending and shear load. One girder was made of symmetric cross-section and the other one of unsymmetric cross-section. The transverse stiffeners, which divided the girder into panels, were designed as rigid to prevent interaction between adjacent panels. The transverse stiffeners were designed taking into account deviation forces and tension field action in accordance with EN 1993-1-5 with analytical model given in Johansson et al. [5]. The relative bending stiffness g of longitudinal stiffeners was designed to prevent global buckling of the whole panel due to shear load. All four tests can be defined as follows:

2.1 Girder description and material


The length of the tested girders was 11,160 m and 11,325 m. In

Figure 1 and

Figure 2 the tested panels are noted as SO, SC, UO and UC respectively. On a girder with symmetric cross-section plotted in

Figure 1 with total height of 1544 mm panels SO and SC were tested. The centre of gravity of the longitudinal stiffeners was for both tested panels SC and SO positioned in the compression zone of the web, 350 mm from the upper flange. The web in the part of the tested panels SO and SC (

Figure 1) was 7 mm thick, which resulted in global slenderness of hw/tw=214. Double sided transverse flat stiffeners 156 × 20 mm were used to apply external load into a girder in the region of concentrated load. With additional transverse stiffeners at both ends of the girder the rigid end post was assured. The panels UO and UC were tested on girder with unsymmetric cross-section with the total height of 1840 mm as shown in

Figure 2. The web thickness of the tested panels was 6 mm. The unsymmetric cross-section was chosen to gain a larger compression area of the web, which consequently also resulted in higher compression force in the stiffeners. The positioning of the stiffeners at the compression part of the web can be seen in

Figure 2. The transverse stiffeners were designed in the same way as in case of symmetric girder, which resulted in stiffener with dimensions of 122×20 mm. The geometry of each tested girder is summarised in Table 1.

Figure 1 - Girder geometry – Symmetric cross-section

Figure 2 - Girder geometry – Unsymmetric cross-section


Table 2 summarises the mechanical properties obtained from the tension tests for the web plate and flanges. The yield stresses and the ultimate stresses were defined as the average values of three tension tests per each plate. The average reduction was calculated as the ratio between all measured static and dynamic yield stresses. Dynamic yield stresses obtained by standard tension test were then reduced by the average reduction factor to final static yield stresses, which are later used in FEM calculations.


Table 2 - Results from tensile coupon-tests in plates

2.2 Test procedure


The tests were performed as three point bending tests under static load (see Figure 3). At both supports, the rotation around the axis perpendicular to the web plane and movement along the longitudinal axis were allowed. The load was applied by hydraulic actuator with maximum capacity of 3000 kN using a displacement control.

Figure 3 - Test set-up – laboratory


After the test girder had been positioned in the testing frame, it was loaded up to approximately 15% of anticipated maximum load, which was still in elastic range. After the preloading phase, the real test of the girder followed by applying static load in steps. The displacement velocity of the vertical displacement under hydraulic actuator was limited to 0,05 mm/s in elastic range and increased to 0,10 mm/s after the plastic response had been observed from the force-displacement curve. In selected load steps the loading was stopped to obtain static response of the girder’s resistance.


2.3 Instrumentation


As the test progressed, strains, displacements and forces were continually measured. The strains in flanges, transverse stiffeners and longitudinal stiffeners were measured by using uni-axial strain gauges, whereas at some selected locations in the web rosette strain gauges were used. The deflections of the girder as well as out of plane displacements in some characteristic points were measured by using displacement transducers (LVDT) and digital dial indicators.

Photogrammetric method was used to determine displacement field of the tested panel at different loading levels. For this purpose the panel was painted white and marked with black crosses. Crosses were positioned to form a square net of 100×100 mm (see

Figure 4). At these points the displacements in all three directions were tracked at each step of the loading. Pilot measurements showed that the accuracy of photogrammetric method was below 0,2 mm.

Figure 4 - Setup of tested panels for photogrammetry

2.4 Initial imperfections


The initial imperfections have to be properly considered in numerical model verification. The most important initial imperfections present in plated girders are geometrical imperfections w0 and residual stresses  sR. The initial geometric imperfections were measured in all four tested panels, while residual stresses were measured only in one cross-section.


2.4.1 Geometrical imperfections


The initial geometry of the tested web panels was precisely determined by employing photogrammetric method. In all other regions the geometry and imperfections were measured using laser distance measuring device. The 3D data format determined by digital linear transformation was interpolated on a grid of 10×10 mm using MATLAB 4 griddata method.


Figure 5a represents initial imperfections measured on tested panel SO. The maximum imperfection is observed in the largest subpanel with the amplitude of – 5,75 mm. The web plate is much less imperfect near longitudinal stiffener. Along the stiffener the maximum deviation of 0,92 mm is obtained.

The measured imperfections of panel SC are plotted in

Figure 5b. The shape of initial geometry is similar to panel SO with maximum amplitude of -5,79 mm observed in the largest subpanel. The maximum amplitude of the smallest subpanel was 1,85 mm and was obtained at the left side of the plate. As in previous case, the shape of imperfections was a wave in the largest subpanel, which straightened as it approached the longitudinal stiffener and passed over to another wave in the smaller subpanel, being oriented at the opposite direction.

Figure 5 - Measured initial imperfections in the tested panels


Figure 5c represents the imperfections of UO web panel stiffened with two open stiffeners. In this situation the imperfection shape is rather unusual, as the maximum amplitudes were measured in the vicinity of transverse stiffeners. In horizontal direction an S-shape initial imperfection was observed with maximum and minimum amplitude of 3,36 mm and 4,67 mm, respectively. The imperfections of both stiffeners were of C-shape; stiffener at x = 1450 mm had imperfection with the maximum amplitude of 2,29 mm and stiffener at x = 1100 mm -2,02 mm. The overall maximum imperfection amplitude 2,51mm of the subpanel was found in the left corner of the web.

Initial imperfections of the web panel UC (see

Figure 5d) do not originate only from cutting and welding during the production process itself, but also from previous testing of the UO panel. The reason for this is the fact that after unloading of the first test the girder did not return completely in to the initial state. Consequently, in this case the measured amplitudes were slightly higher compared to tolerances (11,5 mm). The maximum initial imperfection of 14,27 mm was obtained in the largest subpanel and -3,08 mm in the minor subpanel. The stiffener remained straight during the loading of neighbouring panel in the previous test and the measured initial imperfections were 2,49 mm.


2.4.2 Residual stresses

Residual stresses arise from partial plastification during fabrication. The magnitude and distribution of residual stresses in plated girders is primarily governed by the welding and cutting of the plates.

To find out the real distribution of normal residual stresses in longitudinal direction, sectioning method was applied to the part of unsymmetric girder UC, which was not exposed to high bending moments and shear forces during the test. After the test had been done, the residual stress measurement was performed using destructive sectioning method. The strain gauges were placed on both sides of the web and of the top flange using uni-axial strain gauges oriented in the longitudinal direction of the girder. Position of strain gauges is identified in

Figure 6.

Figure 6 - Positions of measured residual strains


The residual stress distributions in the web plate and in the investigated half of the flange are shown in

Figure 7. The stress distribution over the web depth is expected as large tension stresses in the vicinity of the welding and low compression stresses in the other area. The maximum tension stress in the web was measured 15 mm from the bottom flange and the average of both side measurements was 246 MPa. The average compression stress in the smallest subpanel was 40,60 MPa. In the largest subpanel on each side of the plate only 5 strain gauges were installed. Three of them were placed close to where the tension stresses were expected and two of them were out of this region, i.e. in the area where compression was expected. The average compression stress in this subpanel results in 7,89 MPa.

The residual stresses in plated girders are rather low compared to the residual stresses in other types of steel structural elements. The main parameter which influences residual stresses is of course the ratio between the input energy and the mass of the built-in material, which is in the case of plated girders low.

In case of thin web plates some of residual stresses are transformed to the initial deformations of the plate. Therefore, actual residual stresses are much lower than would be obtained for a compact plate.

Figure 7 - Measured residual stresses


2.5 Results



Figure 8 load-displacement curves for tested girders are plotted. The force applied on the girder through hydraulic actuator is presented on the ordinate axis, while the deflection of the girder under the applied load is displayed on the abscissa axis. The testing procedure is the reason for the drops in girder resistance obtained in plastic zone, as the strain speed was set to 0. Because the loading speed is eliminated at these points, the lower bound of these drops represents the static response of the girder.

Figure 8 - Load – Displacement curves for tested girders


Since more than one parameter was varied at tests, the comparison between the girder resistances is not very consistent. However, the highest resistance was proven at unsymmetrical girder stiffened with two open stiffeners and the smallest resistance was obtained for symmetric girder stiffened with one open stiffener. All girders show a linear elastic response up to a high load level and as they pass over to the plastic range, the load gradually increases up to the maximum resistance. Once the maximum capacity is reached, the load gradually decreases. For both symmetric girders and the UO girder the decrease of their resistance after reaching the peak force is moderate, which results in high rotational capacity. At the UC test, however, an instantaneous drop of capacity due to local instability of longitudinal stiffener is obtained therefore, the rotational capacity is smaller.


2.5.1 Web buckling of tested panels


The evolution of the out-of-plane displacements of the tested panels is plotted in

Figure 9. The displacement fields are plotted for the following characteristic points: in elastic zone at vertical displacement of 20 mm, in plastic zone at vertical displacement of 35 mm and the last one at the maximum load obtained in each test.

At load stage v = 20 mm, where the load of the panel is already higher than elastic critical shear force of the largest subpanel, typical shear buckling in the largest subpanel is observed. By increasing the shear force in the girder, the bending moment increases which cause buckling in the smaller sub-panel subjected to high compression stress. The buckling shape depends on the level of shear and bending stresses. When the girder resistance is exhausted, combination of global buckling due to shear and local buckling due to bending moment is observed.

Figure 9 - The development of out of plane displacement



3 Numerical verification


The numerical model was developed in the multi-purpose code ABAQUS. In numerical model the measured initial geometrical imperfections and nonlinear material behaviour based on tensile tests were considered. The material was modelled with static values. The verification of numerical model was performed by comparing initial stiffness, maximum capacity, global behaviour through load-deflection curve and finally buckling at several load stages. The load-deflection curves of tested girders and numerical simulations are plotted in

Figure 10. The response of numerical simulations fits experimental results well. After the maximum load is reached some discrepancy between both responses is found.

Figure 10 - Load-deflection curves: Comparison of experimental and numerical results


The results of experimental tests and numerical simulations are gathered in Table 3. The maximum difference of 4,1% in girder resistance is found for girder SC. In all cases the resistance obtained by numerical simulations is slightly higher than experimentally obtained.


Table 3 - Comparing experimental resistance with resistance according to EN 1993-1-5

4 Parametric study


To analyse post-critical resistance of girders under high bending and shear load, a parametric study was performed using ABAQUS. The simulations were performed on a girder with four panels (see

Figure 11). The girder was vertically supported in the girder half-length were double side stiffeners were applied. On each side of the girder the combination of shear load and bending moment was applied. The following parameters were considered to investigate M-V interaction of longitudinally stiffened plated girders:

-          GROUP I:            Flange to web cross-section ratio (Af/Aw),

-          GROUP II:           Web slenderness (hw/tw),

-          GROUP III:          Panel aspect ratio (a=hw/tw),

-          GROUP IV:          Stiffness of longitudinal stiffeners

Figure 11 - Numerical model


The numerical database was constructed by varying the fore mentioned parameters. Four groups formed the framework of the sample. Each group consisted of a web panel height of hw = 2000 mm and within each group the panel was subjected to 5 different ratios of bending to shear load. Four of them were exposed to bending and shear load in the area where interaction according to EN 1993-1-5 should be considered. The last ratio of bending to shear load was performed at shear load equal to 60% of pure shear capacity of the web Vbw. Within each group the following parameters are additionally varied: shape of longitudinal stiffeners (open I stiffener, closed stiffener), position and number of longitudinal stiffeners (n = 1, 2). The vertical position of longitudinal stiffeners was varied only for one stiffener (hw/4, hw/2); in the first case the web was stiffened in the upper part, so the stiffener was subjected to high compression force, and in the second situation the stiffener was positioned at half web depth. When two stiffeners were applied, the web panel was divided in three equal subpanels (hw/3). For the girder stiffened with two longitudinal stiffeners the amount of simulations for each varied parameter was reduced. The material was modelled as elastic-plastic with a nominal plateau slope to avoid numerical errors. The yield stress and elastic modules were taken as nominal values.


4.1 Evaluation of current M-V interaction


The characteristic resistance was calculated and compared to results of numerical simulations. The internal forces obtained with numerical model were evaluated at distance min(a, hw/2) and hwi,max/2 from the most stressed edge. The numerical results are plotted on the M-V interaction domain from where also the general response and the influence of bending moment on the ultimate shear capacity can be seen. The markers which are below the interaction curve in the range of Mf to Mel,eff are on the unsafe side and vice versa, if the markers are above the interaction curve, the results are safe.

The numerical results for group I are plotted in

Figure 12. They are plotted in non-dimensional format. The shear load is normalized with characteristic shear resistance of the web and the bending moment with characteristic plastic bending moment. For each Af/Aw ratio a different M-V interaction curve should be plotted, but in the figure only two interaction curves for ratios of Af/Aw = 0,3 and Af/Aw = 1,1 are shown. Vertical lines which denote the effective characteristic resistance of the girder for the same ratios are added. The numerical results are plotted for girders stiffened with open and closed stiffeners positioned at hw/4 and hw/2.

All girders that were stiffened with one stiffener at hw/4 show higher resistance than the one predicted in accordance with EN 1993-1-5. When the stiffener is positioned in the mid web depth and the interaction is checked at a distance of min(a, hw/2), the numerical resistance is found on the unsafe side in the middle range of M-V interaction. When the interaction is checked at a distance of hwi,max/2 the numerical resistance is always on safe side. Linear interaction between bending moment and shear load was found for all studied cases.

The numerical results for group II, where the varied parameter is the slenderness of the web, are plotted in

Figure 13. The difference between M-V interaction curves for various slendernesses is negligible, therefore only one interaction curve was plotted. The only difference obtained for different slendernesses of the web, is the vertical line which denotes elastic effective bending resistance. The first and the second vertical line belong to girders with the highest slenderness, stiffened with stiffener at the mid web depth (first line) and at hw/4 (second line). The other two vertical lines, which are virtually the same, belong to girders with the lowest slenderness.

The results are plotted for girders stiffened only with one longitudinal stiffener. For interaction check at a distance of min(a, hw/2), the numerical resistance is higher for all girders stiffened with longitudinal stiffener in compressed part of the web (hw/4) and for girders stiffened at mid web depth with web slenderness hw/tw > 200. For interaction check at hwi,max/2 all numerical results, except girder with low slenderness hw/tw = 150 and stiffener at mid web depth, prove higher resistance. The influence of tension stresses in the largest subpanel results in higher shear resistance, which can clearly be seen from the

Figure 13.

Figure 12 - Numerical results plotted on current formulation of M-V interaction - GROUP I


The shape of the interaction curve depends on the slenderness of the web. For higher slendernesses hw/tw ≤ 200 the shape of interaction is linear, while for slenderness hw/tw = 150 a nonlinear interaction is observed.

The numerical results of group III, where the influence of a panel aspect ratio was studied, and the results of group IV, where the influence of stiffness of longitudinal stiffener was investigated, are plotted in

Figure 14 and

Figure 15. In both cases only one interaction curve corresponds to all calculations. The difference is only in vertical lines which indicate elastic effective bending resistance of the studied girders. The results are plotted only for girders stiffened with one stiffener.

The same conclusions can be drawn for these two groups. Girders, where the sub-panel critical in shear is under tension, show much higher resistance. On the other hand when this sub-panel is under compression (this is found for girders stiffened with one stiffener in mid-panel and for girders stiffened with two equidistantly spaced stiffeners), the girder resistance is smaller than the one obtained with EN 1993-1-5 for interaction check at min(a, hw/2).

Figure 13 - Numerical results plotted on current formulation of M-V interaction - GROUP II

Figure 14 - Numerical results plotted on current formulation of M-V interaction - GROUP III

Figure 15 - Numerical results plotted on current formulation of M-V interaction - GROUP IV


4.2 New proposal for M-V interaction


The evaluated results showed that the existing interaction formula which was evaluated at a distance of min(a, hw/2) and at hwi,max/2 from the most stressed edge does not always accurately describe actual behaviour. First, the current interaction curve is described with a quadratic formula while the obtained response of numerical results is in most cases linear. Secondly, the interaction formula at distance of min(a, hw/2) gives safe results only for girders that possess longitudinal stiffener at a distance of hw/4. Therefore, for the area of large bending moment and shear force a new interaction equation is proposed and defined with:

The differences compared to previous interaction formula are: plastic bending resistance Mpl,Rd is replaced with elastic effective bending resistance Mel,eff,Rd, the power k is in the first approximation taken as k = 1. Both interaction relations valid for bending moment Mf,RdMEdMel,eff,Rd are plotted in

Figure 16. The new formula gives the same resistance as the current one, when bending load is equal to bending capacity of flanges. For all other load combinations, the new proposal results in lower resistance.

Figure 16 - M-V interaction formulation – comparison


4.3 Determination of the partial safety factor


In engineering practice the resistance of the structure is defined with design values where uncertainties of the material, geometry and the model are considered. In this chapter the interaction model is statistically evaluated. Mean values, standard deviations and coefficient of variations are calculated. The model is developed on the basis of numerical simulations, therefore the coefficient of variation which takes into account numerical model is also considered. Partial safety factors were determined according to EN 1990 [6] Annex D.


4.3.1 Resistance models


Five resistance models: two interaction models, one gross cross-section resistance model and two combined models were evaluated to determine partial safety factors. The interaction models were evaluated at sections 1-1 and 2-2 as shown in Figure 17, while the check to gross cross-section bending resistance is performed at section 0-0. The first resistance model rt,1 corresponds to the interaction check according to EN 1993-1-5. Since the interaction formulation does not fit the shape of interaction, a new resistance model was introduced and is denoted as resistance model rt,2. When the moment gradient is accounted for, EN 1993-1-5 requires an additional check of bending resistance of gross cross-section at the most stressed edge of the panel (section 0-0). Therefore, the third resistance rt,3 model which represents bending check of the gross cross-section was evaluated.

Figure 17 - Position of interaction check (sections 1-1 and 2-2)
and gross cross-section check (section 0-0)


The first theoretical model is the existing M-V interaction formula given with the following expression:

For the calculation of bending resistance (Mf,c and Mpl,c) of the cross-section, the material partial safety factor was as in EN 1993-1-5 set to ΥM0 =1,0.

The second numerical model is a new proposed M-V interaction formula determined with equation:

The third resistance model is defined as elastic bending resistance of a cross-section checked at the edge of the panel:

As already mentioned, the first two models are evaluated at two different distances from the most stressed edge of the panel, while the third resistance model is evaluated at the edge of the panel where the maximum bending moment is present. The models were evaluated for the following sub-sets:

-          Sub-set I: All analysed girders - 582 data,

-          Sub-set II: Only girders stiffened with longitudinal stiffener at hw /4,

-          Sub-set III: Only girders stiffened with longitudinal stiffener at hw /2,

-          Sub-set IV: Only girders stiffened with two equally spaced longitudinal stiffeners.


4.3.2     Comparison and evaluation of results


The results of evaluated partial safety factors are gathered in Table 4 to Table 6. The partial factors were determined for three theoretical models on four sub-sets. The largest partial factor is found for interaction model rt,1 on sub-set IV, where the results of girders stiffened with two longitudinal stiffeners are treated. The new proposed interaction formula results in smaller partial factors for all sub-sets.

When the interaction resistance model is checked at a distance of min(0.4a, hw/2), the partial safety factor is smaller than partial safety factor gM1 =1,1 given in EN 1993-1-5 only for sub-set II for both models (1,048 and 0,999, see Table 4) and for sub-set III for resistance model rt,2 (1,096, see Table 4). In all other cases the partial safety factor is above gM1 =1,1, especially for sub-set IV. The lowest partial safety factor is found for girders stiffened with one stiffener in compression zone. This is because the resistance model does not consider the increase of shear resistance due to tension stresses in the lower sub-panel.

The partial factors evaluated for the interaction check at a distance of hwi,max/2 from the most stressed edge are gathered in Table 5. For this interaction check location the partial safety factors are logically smaller. If all experimental results are evaluated, the partial safety factor for resistance model rt,1 is 1,103 and for model rt,2 1,033 (see Table 5, sub-set I). The largest factor is obtained for sub-set IV where gM = 1,113 for resistance model rt,1 and gM = 1,051 for resistance model rt,2. The difference between partial safety factors evaluated for all sub-sets is for the interaction check at hwi,max/2 much smaller than for the check at a distance of min(a, hw/2).



The partial safety factors evaluated for resistance model rt,3 where the maximum load is defined with bending moment resistance of gross cross-section are gathered in Table 6. The partial safety factor for gross cross-section control in EN 1993-1-5 is equal to ΥM0 =1,0. For all sub-sets the determined partial safety factors for model rt,3 were found higher than the one given in EN 1993-1-5. The maximum factor ΥM = 1,113 is found for sub-set III. This can be attributed to disregarding of shear in this check and probably the assumption that cross-sections at the transverse stiffeners are fully effective is too optimistic. This result is very important from the simplification point of view, because the interaction check can be completely replaced with the much simpler gross cross-section check at the edge of the panel with the maximum value of a bending moment.



5 Conclusions


The following conclusions can be drawn on the basis of experimental and numerical analysis of longitudinally stiffened girders subjected to combination of high bending moment and shear load:

- All four tested girders exhibit much higher resistance than was obtained by EN 1993-1-5. The reason for this is stabilizing effect of tension stresses in the largest subpanel which is not considered in the resistance model,

- Through load-deflection curve large ductility was obtained for three girders, while girder UC showed smaller ductility due to buckling of the longitudinal stiffener which was in class 4 cross-section,

- The final resistance of the test girders was achieved with combination of local buckling of the web plate and flexural buckling of the  longitudinal stiffener,

- An extensive parametric study showed that the interaction formula depends on the slenderness of the web, and the M-V relation is found linear for most practical cases, where slenderness of the web is higher than hw/tw = 200. Therefore a new interaction formula is proposed,

- The reliability analysis of three different resistance model showed, that the reliability conditions are meet for all three models if the interaction check is performed at  a distance of hwi,max/2 (models rt,1 and rt,2) and if the partial safety factor ΥM = 1,1 is introduced when calculating shear resistance of the girder,

- The resistance model rt,3 – elastic gross cross-section resistance can completely replace the existing M-V interaction check in EN 1993-1-5 if the partial safety factor ΥM is taken equal to 1,1 and the check is performed for the maximum moment of the panel.




[1]            EN 1993-1-5. Eurocode 3: Design of steel structures - Part 1-5: Plated structural elements, Brussels, European Committee for Standardisation, 2006

[2]            VELJKOVIC, M. and JOHANSSON, B. Design for buckling of plates due to direct stress. Proceedings of the Nordic Steel Construction Conference Helsinki, (2001)

[3]            BS 5400-3: - Steel, concrete and composite bridges - Part 3: Code of practice for design of steel bridges, 2000

[4]            DIN 18 800 Teil 3: - Stahlbauten - Stabilitätsfälle, Plattenbeulen. Berlin, Beuth verlag GnbH, 1990

[5]            JOHANSSON, B., et al., Commentary and worked examples to EN 1993-1-5 "Plated Structural Elements", in JRC Scientific and Technical Reports, 2007

[6]            EN 1990: - Eurocode-Basis of Structural Design. Brussels, European Committee for Standardisation, 2004



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