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**Static and Dynamic Analysis Web Opening of Steel Beams** ()

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*World Journal of Engineering and Technology*,

**5**, 275-285. doi: 10.4236/wjet.2017.52022.

1. Introduction

For Structural Engineer, the accountability not only in designing the safety and serviceability conditions of the structure but also considering the function of using it. While designing a power plant or a high rise building, the traditional system for this is a steel frame consists of beams and girders with solid webs. Any modification in services of the structure (by increasing the height of floor or adding air conditioning ducts) contributes to increase the commissioning which that is not acceptable, see Figure 1. In order to save time and money it is possible to use a steel beam with web opening directly at location. For most sites, replacement services of structure within the web through the opening. The presence of opening in web of steel beam changes the stress distribution and the behavior of collapse. In modern structures, the one of the most important consideration is the efficient design of beams girders with web opening. Various authors and standards, two approaches (Tee Section and Perforated Section) are

Figure 1. Web openings steel beam applications.

possible for the design of steel and composite beams with web openings has been indicated by Chung and Ko [1] , Chung and Lawson [2] , Lawson [3] , Darwin [4] , Redwood and Cho [5] , Oehlers and Bradford [6] . To design these girders, plastic section analysis methods, are reported by Chung et al. [7] . Chung et al. [8] for steel beams and Chung and Lawson [2] for composite beams stated that services that require web openings up to 75% of the beam height are not uncommon. These openings could lead to a significant decrease of the beam load carrying capacity depending on the adopted openings shape, size and location. Circular and rectangular openings are frequently used with a possible adoption of stiffeners welded near the web openings to improve the beam load carrying capacity. A study about the buckling curve for lateral-torsional buckling resistance of castellated beams was developed by Lakusic et al. [9] considering an experimental and a numerical analysis based on finite elements models. According to the obtained results, the use of the buckling curved for welded beams [10] - [11] , category in which castellated beams are included, instead of the buckling curve c for rolled sections, leads to a severe value for the reliability index target i.e. 3.8 associated to the structure class RC2. A numerical analysis of castellated beams considering two different procedures performed by Radic et al. [12] for the calculation of the elastic critical moment for lateral torsional buckling comparing FE results and Eurocode 3 procedures [10] - [11] . Other works can be cited concerning the web openings beams behavior. Basher et al. [13] investigated the effects of circular or square web openings on the ultimate strength of horizontally curved composite plate girders. Some numerical simulations in order to provide data for the development of a design model for the shear capacity of steel girders with web openings, with and without transverse stiffeners and opening reinforcements were performed by Hagen et al. [14] and Hagen and Larsen [15] . Lagaros et al. [16] studied an optimum design of 3D steel structures having perforated I-section beams. Lian and Shanmugan [17] reported that on plate girders curved in plan containing centrally placed circular web openings, the observed failure mechanism in the tests was similar to that observed in plate girders without web openings, the only difference being the position of plastic hinges on the flange plates. Liu and Chung [18] presented a comprehensive finite element investigation on steel beams with web openings of various shapes and sizes. Finally, a finite element modeling of perforated composite beams with flexible shear connectors was developed by Wang and Chung [19] . For analysis and design of composite beams, a numerical model has been developed, in order to evaluate the structural behavior of perforated beams as well as the influence of web openings in the load carry capacity. The non-linear behavior of the concrete and steel has been taken into account. Thus, the concrete has been modeled with concrete damaged plasticity, CDP, included in the finite element software [20] .

According to the above, for designing the steel and composite beams, the plastic analysis methods are using. The services that require for web openings up to 75% of the beam height are not commonly used. Circular and rectangular shapes are frequently used for web openings at locations. For castellated beams, the study of lateral torsional buckling uses the experimental and a numerical analysis with finite elements analysis. For others, studying the shear capacity of steel beams with web openings with and without transverse stiffeners and opening reinforcements were performed.

ABAQUS software provides a good analysis for designing various structural systems. ABAQUS model easily modeled a steel beam and steel beams with opening. A present study focuses on the analysis of deflection and stresses for steel beam with and without web opening by static and dynamic nonlinear analysis.

2. Guide Lines for Web Openings

The guide lines for web openings should be considered as follow: 1- The opening should be centrally placed in the web and eccentricity of the opening is avoided as far as possible. 2- For the supporting end conditions, the web opening should be away by at least twice the beam depth, D or 10% of the span, whichever is greater. 3- At the middle third of the span is the best location for the opening. 4- Clear Spacing between the openings should not be less than beam depth; D. 5- For shearing force where it has a lower value, is the best location of opening. 6- The diameter of circular openings is 0.5D. 7- Depth of rectangular openings should not be greater than 0.5D and the length not greater than 1.5D for un-stiffened openings. 8- The clear spacing between such openings should be at least equal the longer dimension of the opening. 9- Corners of rectangular openings should be rounded. 10- Point loads should not be applied at less than D from side of the adjacent opening.

There are three different steel web opening failure modei. eshear, bending and Vierendeel collapses. A change rate in the bending moment distribution (and the shear force) along the opening is responsible for the Vierendeel collapse mechanism in steel beams web openings [21] . The upper and lower “Tees” are resisting the increasing in the rate of the bending moment through their local bending strengths. At the perforated sections, the opening height controls the collapse of bending moment and shearing force, and the width of opening controls the vierendeel collapse mechanism which also depends on the local shear and moment resistance for the upper and lower. Three local actions introduced at the upper and lower “Tees” present in a perforated section subjected to global bending moment (M_{o,Sd}) and a shear force (V_{o,Sd}), see Figure 2. These actions are: the axial force, N_{T}, due to the global bending moment (M_{o,Sd}), the shear force, V_{T}, due to the global shear force (V_{o,Sd}), and the bending moment M_{T},that appears due to the shear force (V_{o,Sd}) transmitted along the opening length. The capacities for bending moment and shearing force can be easily generally calculated. Also any increasing the web opening height reduce the capacities for bending moment and shearing force.

2.1. Finite Element Modeling

A finite element model of steel beam type IPE 400 with 5.0 m span length and 25 N/m^{2} uniform loads. The opening has a 2.0 × 2.0 m dimension with a rectangular shape. The parametric studies on this model will be as different ends conditions (hinged or fixed ends), positions of the opening (at the middle span, at 1/4 of span length), and type of nonlinear analysis (static or dynamic). The dynamic analysis can conduct by using damping ratio 5% and the load was applied for seven seconds on the model. The comparison between results in deflection and stresses.

2.2. The Results

2.2.1. Nonlinear Static Analysis

1) Fixed Case

In the next section the results of nonlinear analysis fixed end conditions for

Figure 2. Force distribution in steel web opening.

web opening is obtained. Figure 3 shows the deflection and stresses of steel beam without opening. Figure 4 shows the deflection and stresses of steel beam with one opening at middle span of beam. The deflection and stresses of steel beam with two openings at 1/4 of span length of beam shown in Figure 5.

2) Hinged Case

In the next section the results of nonlinear analysis hinged end condition for web opening is obtained. Figure 6 shows the deflection and stresses of steel beam without opening. Figure 7 shows the deflection and stresses of steel beam with one opening at middle span of beam. The deflection and stresses of steel beam with two openings at 1/4 of span length of beam shown in Figure 8.

2.2.2. Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis

1) Fixed Case

In the next section the results of nonlinear analysis fixed end condition for web opening is obtained. Figure 9 shows the deflection and stresses of steel beam without opening. Figure 10 shows the deflection and stresses of steel beam

Figure 3. The deflection and stresses of steel beam without opening for nonlinear static fixed analysis.

Figure 4. The deflection and stresses of steel beam with one opening for nonlinear static fixed analysis.

Figure 5. The deflection and stresses of steel beam with two openings for nonlinear static fixed analysis.

Figure 6. The deflection and stresses of steel beam without opening for nonlinear static hinged analysis.

Figure 7. The deflection and stresses of steel beam with one opening for nonlinear static hinged analysis.

with one opening at middle span of beam. The deflection and stresses of steel beam with two openings at 1/4 of span length of beam shown in Figure 11.

2) Hinged Case

In the next section the results of nonlinear analysis hinged end condition for

Figure 8. The deflection and stresses of steel beam with two openings for nonlinear static hinged analysis.

Figure 9. The deflection and stresses of steel beam without opening for nonlinear dynamic fixed analysis.

Figure 10. The deflection and stresses of steel beam with one opening for nonlinear dynamic fixed analysis.

web opening is obtained. Figure 12 shows the deflection and stresses of steel beam without opening. Figure 13 shows the deflection and stresses of steel beam with one opening at middle span of beam. The deflection and stresses of steel beam with two openings at 1/4 of span length of beam shown in Figure 14.

Figure 11. The deflection and stresses of steel beam with two openings for nonlinear dynamic fixed analysis.

Figure 12. The deflection and stresses of steel beam without opening for nonlinear dynamic hinged analysis.

Figure 13. The deflection and stresses of steel beam with one opening for nonlinear dynamic hinged analysis.

Table 1 shows the results for nonlinear static and dynamic analysis, fixed and hinged end conditions, for web steel without opening, one opening at middle span and two openings at 1/4 of span length of beam.

Figure 14. The deflection and stresses of steel beam with two openings for nonlinear dynamic hinged analysis.

Table 1. The results for nonlinear static and dynamic analysis.

3. Conclusions

This paper presented an ABAQUS finite element models software to achieve the structural response of steel beams with web openings in terms of stress distributions, and deflection. The analysis carried out using geometric and material non- linearities. The achievement also concluded statically and dynamically analysis. The results obtained from above analysis are:

1) The value of deflection for a steel beam is increases as the number of opening is increases. Also the stresses for a steel beam are increases as the number of openings is increases.

2) For hinged end condition for web opening even if one opening or two openings the value of deflection has a higher value than the fixed end condition.

3) For dynamic analysis of web opening even if one opening or two openings the value of deflection and stresses have a higher value than static analysis.

4) The stresses have higher values near the opening in static and dynamic analysis.

5) According to the above results it's giving a close results to that observed from R. R. Jichkar et al. [22] , including the dynamic effect on the steel beams; the ABAQUS software gives a good analysis model for steel beams with web opening.

For future work, experimental studies are needed to retrofit schemes to improve the local resistance of an element subjected to the large deformations that occur.

In this study, one simple or fixed span supported beam with one cross section is used in the analysis, for different factors like partially fixed end case, continuous spans, large span length and many cross sections should be studied. Change the dynamic factor such as damping ratio or nonlinerities factor such as boundary conditions.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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