Xi (David) Zhang
Postgraduate Research Student
Centre for Advanced Structural Engineering
School of Civil Engineering, Room 360
Phone: +61 2 9351 4392
Fax: +61 2 9351 3343
Research project - Advanced analysis for locally unstable steel structures
Supervisor: Dr Hao Zhang
Associate Supervisor: Prof Kim Rasmussen
Australia has secured a leading international position in the production of light gauge steels and steel framed solutions over the last 30 years.
As the demand for and cost of steel increases, there is pressure on industry to produce increasing light structures. Accordingly, the significant trend is the decreasing thickness of structural sections. The inevitable consequence of this trend is that instability of the cross-section is becoming increasingly common. Research is needed to investigate how this effect can be incorporated appropriately in current design method.