Abstract

This paper provides a comprehensive finite element analysis to investigate the ultimate capacity of corroded members under concentric axial loads. The paper investigates previous experimental work on stocky and slender tubular columns with simulated patch corrosion and provides a numerical model that can estimate the columns capacities. Further, a parametric study is performed to investigate the effect of geometric parameters such as location, height, and width of corrosion patch on the ultimate capacity of corroded columns. Finally, the paper presents a comparison between laboratory tests to the formulae of superseded standards and numerical analysis using nonlinear finite element methods. The numerical model proposed in this paper show good agreement with the results from the experimental work.

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