DOI: 10.3390/buildings14010057 ISSN: 2075-5309

Behaviour of Slender Hybrid Rubberised Concrete Double Skin Tubular Columns under Eccentric Loading

Shovona Khusru, David P. Thambiratnam, Mohamed Elchalakani, Sabrina Fawzia
  • Building and Construction
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture

Rubberised concrete, utilised as infill material within single- or double-skin confinements, has emerged as a sustainable solution, offering improved ductility in structures. Past studies have indicated promising results regarding the axial response of hybrid columns comprising filament wound exterior tubes, rubberised concrete infill, and steel interior tubes. This paper investigates the response of such hybrid columns under eccentric compression using validated numerical techniques. An extensive parametric study is conducted to explore the effects of load eccentricity, rubber percentage, concrete strength, and steel tube strength. Results show that despite credible increases in rubber percentage and load eccentricity, the columns have reasonably good performance. The findings facilitate the prediction of the eccentric behaviour of these hybrid columns across varying rubber percentages, confirming its viability for practical applications under realistic eccentric load conditions. The results further affirm the suitability of this hybrid column in scenarios that necessitate higher ductility.

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