On the investigation of providing space truss roofs with ductility until failure under monotonically increasing vertical loads


Pamukkale Üniversitesi Mühendislik Bilimleri Dergisi, vol.26, no.3, 2020 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.5505/pajes.2019.92155
  • Journal Name: Pamukkale Üniversitesi Mühendislik Bilimleri Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Keywords: Space truss roof, MERO-connection, Initial imperfection, load accumulation
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of this paper is to investigate the nonlinear behavior of space truss roofs subject to different load accumulation forms considering the effect of initial imperfection and slenderness ratio of the truss members. For this, a typical space truss roof using MERO-connection type with flat double-layer was selected as a sample. 3D model of the roof was developed and analyzed by using OpenSEES. Nonlinear behavior of each typical bar of the space truss roof, which, was mainly composed of particular sub-elements such as a tubular element, bolts, sleeves and spheres was represented by a single truss bar. Axial load-displacement relationship of each single truss bar was obtained from nonlinear analysis performed under reversal cyclic loading. Besides, three different types of load distribution that simulates accumulation of rainwater or drifted snow were taken into account as an external load acting on upper layer of the roof system. Analyses results showed that load carrying capacity of the space truss roofs was susceptible to the form of accumulation and reduces abnormally when the accumulation, in particular, occurred locally. Furthermore, failure mode of the system designed with optimal solution was dominated by buckled truss bars and brittle failure occurred. Also initial imperfection had a negative effect on the members in compression.