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Materials 2014, 7(5), 3557-3567; doi:10.3390/ma7053557
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Influence of Column Axial Load and Heat Affected Zone on the Strength of Aluminium Column Web in Tension

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1 Department of Engineering and Geology, University "G. d'Annunzio" of Chieti-Pescara, Pescara 65127, Italy 2 Department of Structure for Engineering and Architecture, University "Federico II" of Naples, Naples 80125, Italy
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Received: 27 February 2014 / Revised: 12 April 2014 / Accepted: 18 April 2014 / Published: 6 May 2014
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Abstract

The component method for aluminium joints has been recently introduced in some codes and guidelines. Nevertheless, it is still in need of some development and improvement, as in some cases it was obtained by adapting the existing formulations that are valid for steel. The current paper presents the main outcomes of a parametric analysis carried out by means of finite element (FE) numerical models for determining the influence of both column axial load and heat affected zone—in the case of welded details—on the structural response of the column web in a tension component. The proposed study integrates previous research carried out by the authors, where the influence of the assumed alloy was investigated and interpreted by corrective parameters expressed as a function of both the material strain hardening and ductility.
Keywords: connections; joints; aluminium; column web in tension; axial load; heat affected zone connections; joints; aluminium; column web in tension; axial load; heat affected zone
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De Matteis, G.; Sarracco, G.; Brando, G.; Mazzolani, F.M. Influence of Column Axial Load and Heat Affected Zone on the Strength of Aluminium Column Web in Tension. Materials 2014, 7, 3557-3567.

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