Member capacity of pultruded GFRP tubular profile with bolted sleeve joints for assembly of latticed structures

Fu Jia Luo, Xiao Yang, Yu Bai

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he use of bolted sleeve joints has been proposed for assembling pultruded glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) tubular profiles into space lattice shell structures. Such joint configurations may introduce a semi-rigid end condition and further affect the capacity of the connecting members in compression. Three batches of specimens assembled with pultruded GFRP profiles of different lengths and bolted sleeve joints at both ends were prepared and tested under static axial compression. A detailed three-dimensional finite element model considering bolt geometry, contact behavior, bolt pretension, initial geometric imperfection, and failure criterion for fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites was developed and validated with experimental results showing good comparisons. It was found that the bolted sleeve joints exhibited semi-rigid behavior and that the failure modes and the effective length factor were dependent on member slenderness. The relationship between effective length factor and member slenderness was derived based on finite element analysis and then used in conjunction with existing FRP column design equations to predict the member capacity for structural members with bolted sleeve joint end conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number04015080
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Composites for Construction
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016


  • Tubular member
  • Bolted sleeve joint
  • Member capacity

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