Composite structural systems are those in which two or more materials act together, creating a unique response to the forces acting on them. Steel/concrete composite solutions have been in use for decades, leveraging different properties of the two materials to achieve better performance than what could be achieved by using each of them individually. The steel/concrete composite solutions, despite their superior structural efficiency, are still considered a “niche” product, mainly due to lack of confidence or expertise, low developer awareness of the benefits, and several other issues related to market positioning.
The research project aims to describe the state of the art of steel/concrete composite systems, investigated in academic and industry research, and their applications in the construction market.
A deep scientific literature review and analysis of international codes and standards will be integrated and supported by the engagement of three Expert Panels, made up of members of the AEC industry operating internationally. Such panels will be formed by experts of CTBUH member companies, as well as those appointed by worldsteel members.
The combined result of these activities will be a Roadmap of the research needs of composite construction, and a categorization of available composite systems, which will serve as a guide for experts interested in filling gaps in the knowledge on steel/concrete composite solutions.
Please join this research project by participating in one of the three panels described below. The kick-off discussion will be held online during the last week of June.
This panel will identify and study case studies of structures with composite elements to describe the successful decision-making process that led to the use of composite solutions versus concrete scenarios, considering cost, return on investment, construction schedules, etc.
This panel will be interviewed to understand the design advantages of composite solutions, with a focus on those actions that developers have identified as a priority to reach their investment goals. Challenges with design codes, design software, and other practical aspects of structural design practice will be a particular focus of inquiry.
This is a panel made of key participants with a role in the final engineering of projects. The investigated case studies will be described from a constructive point of view, describing the advantages and drawbacks of the composite solutions adopted.
The World Steel Association (worldsteel) is a non-profit organization with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. A second office in Beijing, China, opened in April 2006.
worldsteel is one of the largest and most dynamic industry associations in the world, with members in every major steel-producing country. worldsteel represents steel producers, national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes. Members represent around 85% of global steel production.
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