Experimental study of large-sized concrete filled steel tube columns under blast load

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Construction and Building Materials, 2017, 134 pp. 131 - 141
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© 2016 This paper investigates blast resistance and residual strength of concrete-filled steel tube (CFST) columns under close-range blast loads. A total of 8 CFST columns, including 4 with circular cross sections and 4 with square cross sections, were tested under close-range blasts. LVDTs were used to record displacement histories and pressure sensors were used to measure pressure histories. The influence of explosive charge weight, steel tube thickness and cross section geometry on dynamic response of CFST columns was analyzed and failure modes of CFST columns were also investigated. Following the blast tests, an experimental study was conducted to investigate residual strength of blast-damaged CFST columns. It was found that the CFST columns were still able to retain a large portion of their axial load capacities even after close-range blast events.
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