Theoretical analysis of partially restrained zed-purlin beams subjected to up-lift loads

LY Li, Chong Ren, Jian Yang

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Cold-formed steel section beams are usually used as the secondary structural members in buildings to support roof and side cladding or sheeting. Thus these members are commonly treated as the restrained beams either fully or partially in its lateral and rotational directions. In this paper an analytical model is presented to describe the bending and twisting behaviour of partially restrained cold-formed steel purlins when subjected to uplift loading. Formulae used to calculate the bending stresses of the roof purlins are derived by using the classical bending theory of thin-walled beams. Detailed comparisons are made between the present model and the simplified model proposed in Eurocodes (EN1993-1-3). To validate the accuracy of the present model, finite element analysis is also conducted and the bending stress distribution along the lip, flange and web lines obtained from the finite element analysis is compared with those obtained from the present and EN1993-1-3 models. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-279
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Constructional Steel Research
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2012


  • Bending
  • Roof-purlin system
  • Uplift loading
  • Cold-formed steel
  • Purlin


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