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    Testing Techniques to Study the Inelastic Behavior of Steel Members

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    For members used in plastically designed structures, the complete load-deformation response is of interest. Experiments on these members must be especially designed to accommodate the large deformations involved and the out-of-plane forces which are developed during the test. This paper summarizes techniques which have been successfully used to test beams, beam-columns, and restrained columns. The loading, bracing, and instrumentation systems are described, and the difficulties encountered during the test are discussed.


    plastic analysis, structural members, beams, beamcolumns, restrained columns, loading, bracing, instrumentation, test methods, compression members

    Author Information:

    Adams, P. F.
    Associate professor, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

    Galambos, T. V.
    Professor of civil engineeringPersonal member ASTM, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.

    Committee/Subcommittee: E01.21

    DOI: 10.1520/STP43793S