Eurocode 3. Example 6.7: Buckling resistance of a compression member

We compare the buckling resistance of a compression member according to SDC Verifier and Designer’s Guide to Eurocode3: Design of steel buildings EN 1993-1-1.

The results are generated with SDC Verifier 4.5 and calculated with FEMAP v11.3.1

Task:  A circular hollow section (CHS) member is to be used as an internal column in a multi-storey  building. The column has pinned boundary conditions at each end, and the inter-storey height
is 4m. The critical combination of actions results in a design axial force of 2110 kN. Assess the suitability of a hot-rolled 244.5 x 10 CHS in grade S355 steel for this application.

Figure 6.21. Section properties for 244.5×10 CHS

Section Properties
\(d = 244.5 mm\)
\(t = 10.0 mm\)
\(A = 7370 mm^{2}\)
\(W_{el,y} = 415000 mm^{2}\)
\(W_{pl,y} = 550000 mm^{3}\)
\(I = 50730000 mm^{4}\)

Solution:

Model

Materials

TitleYoung Modulus [Pa]Shear Modulus [Pa]Poisson RatioShear [Pa]Mass Density [kg/m^3]Tensile Strength [Pa]Yield Stress [Pa]
1..S3552.10e+1100.3007850.00470.00e+6355.00e+6

Property “1..CHS 244.5 x 10”

PropertyValueProperty Shape
Type / ElementsBeam / 17
Material1..S355
Mass [kg]231.3
Gravity Center [m][0.00; 0.00; 2.00]
Area, [m^2]0.0074
I1, [m^4]5.073e-05
I2, [m^4]5.073e-05
I12, [m^4]0
Torsion Constant, [m^4]1.014e-04
Y Shear Area, [m^2]0.0039
Z Shear Area, [m^2]0.0039
Nonstructural Mass, [kg]0
Perimeter, [m]0.77
Warping Constant, [m^6]0
Y Neutral Axis Offset A, [m]0
Z Neutral Axis Offset A, [m]0
r [m]0.12225
t [m]0.01000

Boundary Conditions

Load “1..Axial -Z = 1630kN”

DefinitionLoad TypeApplied OnValues
Force on NodeForceNodes: 18(0; 0; -1630000)

Constraint “1..fixed”

DefinitionCountDOF
Constraint on NodeNodes: 1Tx Ty Tz
Constraint on NodeNodes: 18Tx Ty Rz

Cross-section classification

Check2..Circular Tube
PropertyShear AreaDiameterThicknessEpsilonLambdaClassBuckling CurveImperfection Factor
1..Tube0.00470.244500.010000.8124.451.002.000.21

Cross-section classification (clause 5.5.2)

\(\varepsilon \ = \sqrt{235/f_{y}} \ = \sqrt{235/355} \ = 0.81\)

Tubular sections (Table 5.2, sheet 3):

\(d/t \ = 244.5/10.0 \ = 0.81\)

Limit for Class 1 section = 50ε2 = 40.7

40.7 > 24.5 ∴ section is Class 1

Cross-section compression resistance (clause 6.2.4)

Standard1..Eurocode 3 Member ChecksCheck9..Axial Check
Individual Load1..Axial -Z = 1630kN.fixedSelection1..Eurocode3 Shapes
ExtremeAxial ForceDesign Tension ResistanceDesign Compression ResistanceDesign ResistanceUtilization Factor
Minimum-1630.0e+32615.3e+32615.3e+32615.3e+3-0.62
Maximum-1630.0e+32615.3e+32615.3e+32615.3e+3-0.62
Absolute-1630.0e+32615.3e+32615.3e+32615.3e+3-0.62

Cross-section compression resistance (clause 6.2.4)

\(N_{c,Rd} \ = \frac{Af_{y}}{\gamma M0} \)

for Class 1, 2 or 3 cross-sections

\(∴ N_{c,Rd} \ = \frac{7370 \times 355 }{1.00} \ = 2616 \times 10^{3} N \ = 2616 kN\)

2616 > 2110 kN    ∴ cross-section resistance is acceptable

Member buckling resistance in compression (clause 6.3.1)

Standard1..Eurocode 3 Member ChecksCheck12..Buckling Axial
Individual Load1..Axial -Z = 1630kN.fixedSelection1..Eurocode3 Shapes
ExtremeNcr_yNcr_zLambda YLambda ZFyFzXi_YXi_Z
Minimum6571.7e+36571.7e+30.630.630.740.740.880.88
Maximum6571.7e+36571.7e+30.630.630.740.740.880.88
Absolute6571.7e+36571.7e+30.630.630.740.740.880.88
ExtremeNb Rd YNb Rd ZUf_YUf_ZUf
Minimum2296.0e+32296.0e+3-0.71-0.71-0.71
Maximum2296.0e+32296.0e+3-0.71-0.71-0.71
Absolute2296.0e+32296.0e+3-0.71-0.71-0.71

Member buckling resistance in compression (clause 6.3.1)

\(N_{b,Rd} \ = \frac{\chi Af_{Y}}{\gamma M1}\)

for Class 1, 2 and 3 cross-sections

\(\chi \ = \frac{1}{\Phi + \sqrt{\Phi^{2} – \lambda^{2}}}\)   but  \(\chi \leq 1.0\)

where

\(\Phi \ = 0.5[1+\alpha(\lambda-0.2)+\lambda^{2}]\)

and

\(\lambda \ = \sqrt{\frac{Af_{y}}{N_{cr}}}\) for Class 1, 2 and 3 cross-sections

Elastic critical force and non-dimensional slenderness for flexural buckling

\(N_{cr} \ = \frac{\pi^{2}EI}{L^{2}_{cr}} \ = \frac{\pi^{2} \times 210000 \times 50730000}{4000^{2}} \ = \color{red}{6571 kN}\) \(∴\lambda \ = \sqrt{\frac{7370 \times 355}{6571 \times 10^{3}}} \ = \color{green}{0.63}\)

Buckling curves

\(\Phi \ = 0.5[1+0.21 \times (0.63 – 0.2)+0.63^{2}] \ = \color{orange}{0.74}\) \(\chi \ = \frac{1}{0.74 + \sqrt{0.74^{2} – 0.63^{2}}} \ = \color{blue}{0.88}\) \(∴N_{b,Rd} \ = \frac{0.88 \times 7370 \times 355}{1.0} \ = 2297 \times 10^{3} N \ = \color{yellow}{2297 kN}\)

Conclusion

The chosen cross-section, 244.5 × 10 CHS in grade S355 steel is acceptable.

Cross section compression and member buckling resistances in the SDC Verifier completely much with values in the example 6.7.