Global optimization of cold-formed steel channel sections

Tuan Tran, Long yuan Li*

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Cold-formed steel sections have an important advantage which is the great flexibility of cross-sectional profiles and sizes available to structural steel designers. However, this flexibility makes the selection of the most economical section difficult for a particular situation. This paper presents a global optimization method for designing the cross-section of channel beams subjected to uniformly distributed transverse loading. The optimization of the cross-section is performed using the trust-region method (TRM) based on the failure modes of yielding strength, deflection limitation, local buckling, distortional buckling and lateral-torsional buckling. Numerical examples include the comparisons of the optimized sections obtained based on the applications of BS 5950-5 standard and the recently developed ENV-1993-1-3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-406
Number of pages8
JournalThin-Walled Structures
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2006


  • Algorithms
  • Cold-formed
  • Optimization
  • Steel channel


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