A Component-based Approach to Modelling Beam Bottom Flange Buckling at Elevated Temperatures


  • Guan Quan
  • Shan-Shan Huang
  • Ian Burgess




In this study, an analytical model of the combination of beam-web shear buckling and bottom-flange buckling at elevated temperatures has been created. This analytical model is able to track the force-deflection path in the post-buckling stage. A range of 3D finite element models has been created using the ABAQUS software. Comparisons have been carried out between the proposed analytical model, finite element modelling and the existing Dharma’s theoretical model. Comparisons indicate that the proposed method is able to provide with accurate predictions for Class 1 and Class 2 beams, and performs better than the existing model, especially for slender beams. A component-based model has been created based on the analytical model, and in due course to be implemented into the software Vulcan for global structural fire analysis.