Advanced Steel Construction

Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 359-365 (2012)




Hongbo Liu 1 and Zhihua Chen 1,2, *

1 Department of Civil Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China

2 Tianjin Key Laboratory of Civil Engineering Structures and New Materials, Tianjin 300072, China

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Received: 1 August 2011; Revised: 5 October 2011; Accepted: 21 November 2011




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For suspen-dome structures, the construction process is very complex and may have an effect on its structural behavior during service time. During construction, a remarkable pre-stressing loss may be induced by sliding friction between hoop cable and cable-strut joint, and the sliding friction can be any value in construction stage and service time. In this paper, the effect of pre-stressing loss and sliding friction during construction on the structural behavior of suspen-dome structures is investigated. The analysis results show that the construction process has a remarkable effect on the structural behavior of suspen-dome structures and a security risk can be induced by it. Therefore, it is suggested that the construction process should be considered in the design process of suspen-dome structures.



Suspen-dome structures, Construction process, Pre-stressing loss, Sliding friction, Structural behavior


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