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A. Piekarczuk

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The paper concentrates on a quantitative evaluation of the load capacity of thin-walled, curved steel profiles used as arched roofs in building structures. Corrugation of a profile surface formed by cold rolling changes its load capacity as compared to thin-walled profiles. The paper presents a comparative evaluation of the influence of a sample profile corrugation on its ability to transfer internal forces. The results of the study are presented as limit curves describing load capacity at simultaneous bending and compression. The analysis was conducted using a numerical computational method supported by a study of elements in natural scale. The paper presents a methodology of test-supported calculations and guidelines for practical use by designers.

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A. Piekarczuk, K. Malowany, P. Więch, M. Kujawińska and P. Sulik

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The paper presents problems related to the numerical modeling of profiled steel sheets used as self-supporting arch structures for roof covering. The rules of preparing and full analysis of a set of numerical models of these elements with a different level of complexity are given. The models are evaluated by comparing numerical results with the results of extended experimental tests performed by 3D Digital Image Correlation (DIC) method. For each model the comparison of numerical and experimental results has been made for samples of a single-wave trapezoidal profile with corrugated web and lower flanges subjected to compression and bending. The full-field analysis allows to determine the allowed simplification of numerical models which do not affect in significant way the reliability of the results. The proposed methodology is the first step in the development of full assessment methodology for different types of self-supporting arch structures produced by ABM technology.

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E. Szewczak and A. Piekarczuk

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The paper refers to the importance of test results uncertainty in the assessment of the construction product performance. Uncertainty understood as dispersion attributed to any value which is result of the tests, calculations or other evaluations, occurs at every level of assessment (material, product, construction). Authors presented the various approaches to uncertainty estimation, especially in situation of small number of tests results which is characteristic for testing of construction products. Effects of uncertainty on final assessment of construction product was analyzed using the example of bearing capacity of thin-walled structure obtained by numerical calculation. Different values of material tests uncertainty resulting from different approaches to its assessment was taken into account. It was demonstrated that the difference in the results of strength tests of a material, which falls within the limits of uncertainty, may result in a very significant difference in the evaluation of a structure.