The latest development of reinforcement techniques on tubular joints

Z. Li, X. Jiang, G. Lodewijks

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To date, tubular joint has been widely applied on various engineering structures, ranging from offshore platform jackets, truss-type structures of civil engineering, bridges, ship loaders to crane structures. Since different load cases transferring between tubular members could generate asymmetrical and high stress concentration, fatigue damage or buckling destruction may first occur at tubular joint. In this regard, tubular joints are recognized as the most crucial component in tubular structures in order to maintain sufficient safety and durability. There are ways to reinforce tubular joints, including internal ring-stiffener, doubler/collar plate, grouted clamp and FRP reinforcement. In this paper, mechanical performance of tubular joints are mainly focused, a review of the above-mentioned reinforcement methods is presented, with a brief summary of their advantages and limitations. Furthermore, this paper also provides discussion of research insufficiency of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) reinforcement and some possible further investigation research spots.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgress in the Analysis and Design of Marine Structures
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Conference on Marine Structures (MARSTRUCT 2017)
EditorsC. Guedes Soares, Y Garbatov
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
PublisherCRC Press / Balkema - Taylor & Francis Group
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-15736-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-06907-7
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventMARSTRUCT 2017: 6th International Conference on Marine Structures - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 May 201710 May 2017


ConferenceMARSTRUCT 2017: 6th International Conference on Marine Structures


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