Theoretical local buckling behavior of thin-walled uhpc flanges subjected to pure compressions

Jeonghwa Lee, Seungjun Kim, Keesei Lee, Young Jong Kang

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To enhance structural performance of concrete and reduce its self-weight, ultra-high-per-formance concrete (UHPC) with superior structural performance has been developed. As UHPC members with 180 MPa or above of the compressive strength can be designed, a rational assessment of thin-walled UHPC structural member may be required to prevent unexpected buckling failure that has not been considered while designing conventional concrete members. In this study, theoretical local buckling behavior of the thin-walled UHPC flanges was investigated using geometrical and material nonlinear analysis with imperfections (GMNIA). For the failure criteria of UHPC, a concrete damaged plasticity (CDP) model was applied to the analysis. Additionally, an elastic-per-fectly plastic material model for steel materials was considered as a reference to establish differences in local buckling behavior between the UHPC and steel flanges. Finite element approaches were compared and verified based on test data in the literature. Finally, this study offers several im-portant findings on theoretical local buckling and local bending behavior of UHPC flanges. The inelastic local buckling behavior of UHPC flanges was mainly affected by crack propagation due to its low tensile strength. Based on this study, possibility of the local buckling of UHPC flanges was discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2130
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2021 May 1

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Funding Information:
Funding: This research was funded by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (Grant No. 2019R1I1A1A01059684) and supported by a National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korean Government (MIST) (Grant No. 2020R1A2C201445012).

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© 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.


  • Local buckling
  • Nonlinear analysis
  • Stability
  • Thin-walled flange
  • UHPC
  • Ultra-high-performance concrete

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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