Postgraduate Research Student
Centre for Advanced Structural Engineering
School of Civil Engineering
Research project - Long and short term behaviour of composite steel-concrete floor beams with the trapezoidal steel sheeting
Supervisor: Dr Gianluca Ranzi
Composite steel-concrete floor beams consist of a steel girder interconnected to a solid or composite slab by means of shear connectors. This combination leads to enhanced strength and stiffness when compared to the contribution of their components acting separately, and represent a competitive structural solution in many civil engineering applications, such bridges and buildings. The aim of this research project is to provide insight into the long-term response of composite beams formed with deep trapezoidal steel deck and to evaluate how this affects the ultimate behaviour. Particular attention will be devoted to the understanding of the complex interaction between the steel joist, shear connectors, steel deck and concrete slab and to evaluate how this affects the global response.