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See detailDemountable composite beams: Analytical calculation approaches for shear connections with multilinear load-slip behaviour
Kozma, Andras UL

Doctoral thesis (2020)

The work carried out throughout the thesis focused on the behaviour of demountable composite beams in order to facilitate the integration of steel-concrete composite construction into the concept of ... [more ▼]

The work carried out throughout the thesis focused on the behaviour of demountable composite beams in order to facilitate the integration of steel-concrete composite construction into the concept of circular economy. There are several hindrances in the way of reuse when considering traditional composite structures. One of them is the method that the current construction practice applies for connecting the concrete deck to the steel beam. The traditionally applied welded studs are advantageous in the terms of structural performance; however, they do not provide the ability of dismounting. In order to overcome this issue, different demountable shear connection types were investigated that use pretensioned bolted connections. The investigations included laboratory experiments in the means of push-out tests and full-scale beam-tests. The experiments were complemented by numerical simulations and parametric studies. The experiments showed that the developed shear connections have highly a nonlinear load-slip behaviour. When these types of connections are applied in a composite beam, the nonlinearity of the shear connection causes a nonlinear load-deflection response already in the elastic phase. Analytical equations were derived for the description of the elastic properties of composite beams with nonlinear shear connection. For the calculation of the elastic deflections an iterative procedure was developed. This method is capable of capturing the nonlinear load-deflection response. With the developed iterative method, the elastic deflections can be determined with a similar accuracy by using spreadsheet calculations as by using nonlinear finite element simulations. Due to the highly nonlinear behaviour of the tested shear connections the basic assumptions of Eurocode 4 for the determination of the plastic moment resistance of composite beams with partial shear connection are not valid anymore. The code does not enable the use of equidistant shear connector spacing and the design needs to be conducted using fully elastic analysis. This would make the use of demountable shear connections complicated and uneconomic. In the face of these issues, the probability of the practical application of demountable and reusable composite structures would be very low. On the other hand, experiments and numerical simulations show that composite beams can develop plasticity even if a non-ductile shear connection is applied. In order to overcome these issues, a new calculation method was developed for the prediction of the plastic moment resistance of demountable composite beams. A simplified method was proposed based on the developed procedure by defining an effective shear resistance for the demountable shear connections. The effective shear resistance allows the current calculation method to be extended for demountable shear connections. In this way, the benefits of composite construction can be maintained while providing the possibility of reuse. [less ▲]

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See detailParametric study on non-ductile demountable shear connectors
Odenbreit, Christoph UL; Kozma, Andras UL

in ce/papers (2019, September), 3(3-4), 283-288

The basic principle of the circular economy is to reduce or totally eliminate waste and carbon dioxide production with the help of a multiple, efficient usage of resources. The application of reusable ... [more ▼]

The basic principle of the circular economy is to reduce or totally eliminate waste and carbon dioxide production with the help of a multiple, efficient usage of resources. The application of reusable structural elements plays an important role and can contribute essentially to a low-carbon future. Within the European research project REDUCE (Grant Agreement number: 710040), composite beams and steel-based flooring systems, which are demountable and reusable, have been developed and investigated. The experimental investigations showed that the structural behaviour of the newly developed shear connectors differs from the behaviour of the traditionally applied welded studs. Some behave in a non-ductile way. In order to assess, how far the regulations of EN1994-1-1 for shear connections can still be applied, parametric studies have been conducted. The respective numerical models were developed with the use of the commercially available finite element software ABAQUS® and were validated against the experimental observations. The effects of the lack of ductility of the shear connectors on the structural behaviour of the entire composite beam was examined with different types of shear connectors, shear connector layouts and material grades. This contribution presents the underlying laboratory tests as well as the results of the supplementing numerical parameter studies. The outcome provides valuable information for future design guidance concerning the use of demountable shear connectors in composite beams. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterisation of demountable shear connector systems in composite beams
Kozma, Andras UL; Odenbreit, Christoph UL; Braun, Matthias Volker UL

Scientific Conference (2019, July 04)

Reusable structures can contribute to a resource-efficient low-carbon future on the basis of the principles of the circular economy. This paper presents a comparison of different demountable shear ... [more ▼]

Reusable structures can contribute to a resource-efficient low-carbon future on the basis of the principles of the circular economy. This paper presents a comparison of different demountable shear connector systems that facilitate recyclability and reusability of steel-concrete composite structures with the performance of traditional ones. In the Laboratory of the ArcelorMittal Chair of Steel and Façade Engineering at the University of Luxembourg 15 push-out tests and 2 full-scale beam tests have been carried out using different bolted shear connection systems suitable for reuse after the end of life of the respective building. The analysed shear connector systems have been evaluated based on their resistance, slip capacity, stiffness, ductility and ease of fabrication, assembly and disassembly. The experimental work was supplemented by numerical simulations performed with the finite element software Abaqus®. The developed numerical models were validated against the experimental observations. The experimental and numerical results provide information for future design guidance concerning the use of demountable shear connectors in composite beams. [less ▲]

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See detailPush-out tests on demountable shear connectors of steel concrete composite structures
Kozma, Andras UL; Odenbreit, Christoph UL; Braun, Matthias Volker UL et al

in Structures (2019), 21

Circular Economy refers to a move from linear business models, in which products are manufactured from raw materials, used and then discarded, to circular business models where products or parts are re ... [more ▼]

Circular Economy refers to a move from linear business models, in which products are manufactured from raw materials, used and then discarded, to circular business models where products or parts are re-used, remanufactured or recycled. Structural steel is highly compatible with this concept; however, when steel-concrete composite structures are used, recycling becomes difficult and the potential for reuse is lost. In order to make steel-concrete composite structures reusable, bolted connections should replace the commonly used welded headed studs. Furthermore, the reusable parts should be designed to withstand repeated use. This paper presents a desktop study and the corresponding laboratory experiments on demountable shear connectors that facilitate recyclability and even provide the potential for reusing complete structural elements. In the Laboratory of Steel and Composite Structures of the University of Luxembourg 15 push-out tests have been carried out using different bolted connection systems suitable for multiple use. The shear connectors have been evaluated based on their shear strength, stiffness, slip capacity, ductility and ability of demounting. The investigated systems included pre-stressed and epoxy resin injection bolts, solid slabs and solid slabs in combination with profiled steel sheeting. The results showed that the tested demountable shear connections could provide higher shear resistance than conventional shear connections. The critical failure mode was the shear failure of the bolts, which is a brittle failure. There was no visible damage observed on the connected members. The application of epoxy resin in the hole clearance resulted in lower slip capacity. The outcome provides an important basis for the justification of the forthcoming enhancement and validation of numerical models of the demountable shear connections. The failure behaviour, the observed damages and the resulting ability of the elements for re-use are discussed in detail. [less ▲]

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See detailDismountable Flooring Systems for Multiple Use
Odenbreit, Christoph UL; Kozma, Andras UL

in IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science (2019, February), 225

Steel shapes our modern world as an integral part of the global construction economy. In the last decades, the sustainability of steel grew and turned from a linear to a circular business, where the ... [more ▼]

Steel shapes our modern world as an integral part of the global construction economy. In the last decades, the sustainability of steel grew and turned from a linear to a circular business, where the material is fully recovered and recycled after use. The RFCS Research Project “REDUCE” of the European Commission goes one step beyond the mere material recycling and investigates, how the circular economy’s philosophy can be used to reduce the carbon footprint furthermore. On that basis, one target of the research was to develop basic modular and standardised structural load bearing elements which can be adapted in the building or assembled, properly disassembled and partly or entirely be reused again in a subsequent building. This paper presents the respective research results of demountable flooring- and beam systems: 15 large scale push-out tests and two large scale composite beam tests as well as numerous finite element simulations with ABAQUS have been performed at the Laboratory of the ArcelorMittal Chair of Steel and Façade Engineering. The suitability for dis- and re-assembly as well as the strength, stiffness, slip capacity and ductility have been determined. The investigated systems included pre-stressed and epoxy injected systems, as well as solid slabs and composite slabs with profiled decking. The results showed sometimes higher resistances and smaller displacement capacities than conventional systems. The numerical simulation results were presented as well as the results of the laboratory tests. First assessments were given about the respective consequences and about how these consequences could be considered in the layout of future steel composite structures. [less ▲]

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See detailPush-out tests on demountable shear connectors of steel-concrete composite structures
Kozma, Andras UL; Odenbreit, Christoph UL; Braun, Matthias Volker UL et al

in Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Advances in Steel-Concrete Composite Structures (2018, June 27)

The deconstruction of steel-concrete composite structures in buildings and the later separation of the materials is a labour- and cost intensive work. The shear studs are welded on the steel beam and ... [more ▼]

The deconstruction of steel-concrete composite structures in buildings and the later separation of the materials is a labour- and cost intensive work. The shear studs are welded on the steel beam and imbedded in the concrete deck and a large amount of cutting work becomes necessary. As a result, recycling is difficult and the potential for reusing entire elements is lost. The carbon footprint of composite structures could be decreased by application of the principles of “design for deconstruction and reuse”. This paper presents a desk top study and corresponding laboratory experiments on demountable shear connectors that facilitate recyclability and even provide the potential for reusing complete structural elements. In the Laboratory of Steel and Composite Structures of the University of Luxembourg 15 push-out tests have been carried out using different bolted connection systems suitable for multiple uses in order to verify their performance focusing on shear strength, stiffness, slip capacity, ductility and ability of demounting. The investigated systems included pre-stressed and epoxy resin injection bolts, solid slabs and composite slabs with profiled decking. The results showed that the tested demountable shear connections could provide higher shear resistance than conventional shear connections. The critical failure mode is shear failure of the bolts, while there was no visible damage observed on the connected members. Most of the tested connections could fulfil the ductility requirement according to by Eurocode 4. The application of epoxy resin in the hole clearance resulted in lower slip capacity. The outcome provides an important basis for the justification of the forthcoming enhancement and validation of numerical models of the demountable shear connections. The failure behaviour, the observed damages and the resulting ability of the elements for re-use are discussed in detail. [less ▲]

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