The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 54 (1976) > Issues > Issue 5 > Light Gauge Steel Folded Plate Roofs
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Light Gauge Steel Folded Plate Roofs

Light gauge steel folded plate structures are described in principle and the state of the art reviewed. Much of the previous research in this field has envisaged very stiff welded construction and the potentialadvantages of lighter construction using discrete fasteners have not previously been investigated. In this paper a complete theory for both the strength and stiffness of the elements of folded plate roofs is proposed. The theory is an extension of earlier work on shear diaphragms and is based on an assumed statically determinate internal force distribution which is a simplification of the highly indeterminate system existing in reality. J.M. Davies