Local Buckling of Fire Exposed Aluminium Members : New Design Model

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Design models for local buckling of fire-exposed aluminum sections are currently lacking. Based on analyses with validated finite-element models, this paper investigates local buckling of extruded sections with stress-strain relationships representative for fireexposed aluminum alloys. Due to the fact that these stress-strain relationships are more curved than at ambient temperature, existing design models developed for ambient temperature cannot be used for fire design. This paper presents a new design model for local buckling under fire conditions. The study concludes that the local buckling resistance decreases less fast than the plastic capacity at increasing temperature. This is mainly due to the fact that the ratio between the modulus of elasticity and the 0.2% proof stress increases with increasing temperature for structural aluminum alloys.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-75
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Structural Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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