Advanced Steel Construction

Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 9-15(2019)




Yang Ding1, 2 and Tian-long Zhang1,*

1 School of Civil Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China

2 Key Laboratory of Coast Civil Structural Safety of the Ministry of Education, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China

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Received: 13 February 2017; Revised: 16 December 2017; Accepted: 17 December 2017




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The distribution modes and magnitudes of member initial curvature significantly influence the stability of single-layer re-ticulated dome. Based on the deflection curvature of a compression bar with unequal end moments, a numerical simulation method for member initial curvature considering end moment effects is proposed using multi-beam methods based on ABAQUS. The approach is verified through a comparison of experiments using different systems. Using Kiewitt-8 dome as an example, the extent of the member initial curvature’s effect on the stability bearing capacity of these dome for different structure parameters is studied. The results show that the bending moments at the bar’s ends can affect the deflection shape of a compression bar and that the most unfavorable condition occurs when the member initial curvatures are coordinate with the deflection shapes. The reduction degree of the stability load-bearing capacity of such dome modelled using member initial curvatures considering end moments is greater than that for curvatures without considering end moments. The influ-ence of different member initial curvature amplitudes on the stability of these dome varies significantly, and a reasonable maximum value of the member initial curvature is proposed for performing stability analysis based on the structure response and realistic construction conditions.



Single-layer spherical reticulated dome, Nonlinear stability, Bearing capacity, Member Initial curvature, End Moment


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