This technical note presents a study on the calculation of the critical stress of distortional buckling of cold-formed sigma purlins using EN1993-1-3. The discussion is focussed on the determination of the spring stiffness of the stiffened element, a problem which has not yet been addressed in most design codes. Different support conditions at both the tension and compression ends of the web are employed and their influences on the critical stress of distortional buckling of sigma purlins are investigated. Comparison with finite strip analysis indicates that the model having a fixed support for the tension end and a roller support for the compression end of the web provides the best fit to the finite strip analysis. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Constructional Steel Research|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2009|
- Critical stress
- Sigma section purlin
- Distortional buckling