A weak shear web model for deflection analysis of deep composite box-type beams
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2018

Deep box-type beams, consisting of framing members and sheathings, are sensitive to shear deformations and hence appropriate refined theories or complicated magnification factors are needed to be used to obtain accurate results. For sheathings or webs between the framing members that are weak in shear, additional shear deformations occur corresponding to the relative axial displacement between the framing members. These sandwich- type or partial interaction-type of in-plane shear behaviour between the framing members, needs to be taken into account, especially when the web shear stiffness is very low. The composite box-type beam treated here is composed of three framing members with sheathings on both sides. To incorporate effects of the sheathings shear deformations between the framing members on the deflection, the sheathings, here called web interlayers, are modelled as shear media with equivalent slip moduli corresponding to a partially interacting composite beam model. Governing equilibrium equations of the model are obtained using the minimum total potential energy principle and solved explicitly. The obtained results are compared with those based on different conventional beam theories and 3-D finite element (FE) simulations. It is shown that the model is capable of predicting accurately the deflection for a wide range of geometry and property parameters. It is demonstrated that the deflection of such deep box-type beams can be expressed as the summation of three different effects, namely bending deformations, conventional shear deformations in the framing members and sheathings, and additional in-plane shear deformations or shear slips of the weak web causing relative axial displacements between the framing members.

Shear deformations

Sandwich-type of behaviour

Partial-type of composite interaction

Box-type beams

Weak shear web


Rasoul Atashipour

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Konstruktionsteknik

U.A. Girhammar

N. Challamel

Engineering Structures

0141-0296 (ISSN)

Vol. 155 36-49



Annan samhällsbyggnadsteknik


Kompositmaterial och -teknik


Building Futures (2010-2018)



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