Analytical study on seismic performance of hollow spiral steel pipes under cyclic loading

Shohei Ohnishi*, Kiyoshi Ono, Mitsuyoshi Akiyama

*Corresponding author for this work

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The importance of economical construction of infrastructures has recently increased. The application of spiral steel pipes to bridge piers is considered as one of the effective methods. Spiral steel pipes have been seldom used for bridge piers. Currently, spiral steel pipes have been mainly used as the foundations of buildings or bridges and are relatively economical because they are produced in large quantities in factories. However, roll forming processes of spiral steel pipes are different from those of bending roll pipes which have been generally used as bridge piers, so that seismic performance of spiral steel pipes may be different from that of bending roll pipes. Therefore, it is very important to grasp the ultimate strength and the ductility of spiral steel pipes. In this study, the finite element analysis was conducted for grasping the elasto-plastic behavior of hollow spiral steel pipes. Based on the analysis results, the seismic performance of hollow spiral steel pipes under compressive axial force and bending moment was examined and the influences of the structural parameters on the seismic performances of the spiral steel pipes are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)898-905
Number of pages8
JournalProcedia Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event12th East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction, EASEC12 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 2011 Jan 262011 Jan 28


  • FEM analysis
  • Seismic performance
  • Spiral tube pipes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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