European Commission




University of Liege, Belgium
Centro Sviluppo Materiali, Italy
Stahlbau Pichler, Italy
University of Thessaly, Greece
University of Trento, Italy
KIMAB, Sweden
ISQ, Portugal
ITMA, Spain


Objective 1 - To develop designs and assessment procedures in order to make full use of high strength steel ranging from S500Q/ S500MC to S690Q/S700MC according to the new Eurocode 3 Part 1-12 (Additional rules for the extension of EN 1993 up to steel grades S 700), mainly for structural tubes ranging from 2 in to 24 in with D/t > 30 for onshore structures.
Objective 2 - To increase structural performance of structures, reduce weights, construction and operating costs.

Principal Investigator for U.Th.:

Spyros A. Karamanos

Total Budget:

1,478,537 Euros

U.Th. Budget:

180,544 Euros


42 months (2008 - 2011)


Project A8 1a Project A8 1b

Figure 1: General view of the test set-up with the specimens for:
(a) out-of-plane bending tests, (b) in-plane bending tests.

Project A8 2a Project A8 2b
Figure 2: Uniaxial 5-element strip strain gages at:
(a) the hoop direction of the chord, (b) the meridional direction of the chord

Project A8 3a Project A8 3b
Figure 3: (a) OPB specimen at failure, (b) failure crack of OPB specimen.

Project A8 4a Project A8 4b
Figure 4: Out-of-plane bending test simulation. Mid-span section (a) Deformed chord geometry
(b) Equivalent plastic strain distribution at the weld-toe area.

Project A8 5a Project A8 5b
Figure 5: In-plane bending test simulation. (a) Equivalent plastic strain distribution at the weld-toe area,
(b) Deformed chord geometry - mid-span section.

Spyros A. Karamanos, PhD

Department of Mechanical Engineering | University of Thessaly | Pedion Areos, Volos 38334, Greece
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