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Cold-Formed Steel (CFS) has become more and more popular in the recent years as an alternative construction material. Short construction time and very high strength to weight ratio under lateral forces made cold-formed steel an attractive option in earthquake prone countries such as Japan, New Zealand and the US. In such structures, lateral loads such as earthquake and wind loads are generally carried by sheathings attached to CFS members to form shear panels. Alternative solutions are also available to carry lateral forces such as designing proper diagonal struts or K-bracings. The aim of this paper is to observe the dynamic behaviour and the physical limits of cold-formed light-weight steel structures.

Tags: SECED 2015  
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