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Feng Yu, Pengcheng Xu, Yuan Fang, Yang Zhang, Junjie Jiang, "Stiffness Analysis of Recycled SelfCompacting ConcreteFilled Circular Steel Tubular Columns under Eccentric Compression", Advances in Civil Engineering, vol. 2019, Article ID 2749587, 15 pages, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/2749587
Stiffness Analysis of Recycled SelfCompacting ConcreteFilled Circular Steel Tubular Columns under Eccentric Compression
Abstract
In this study, twentyone recycled selfcompacting concretefilled circular steel tubular (RSCFCST) columns are designed and tested under eccentric compression. The studied parameters including the replacement ratio of the recycled coarse aggregate (RCA), strength grade of concrete, eccentricity, and lengthdiameter ratio of specimens are considered. The loadstiffness curves of the specimens are obtained by observing the whole process of loading, and the effects of various parameters on the stiffness of the specimens are analyzed. Test results demonstrate that the RSCFCST short columns under eccentric compression exhibit drumlike bending failures, while the RSCFCST long columns under eccentric compression experience the global flexural buckling failure modes. With the replacement ratio of RCA, the lengthdiameter ratio or eccentricity increases, and the bearing capacity of specimens under eccentric compression decreases. However, the increase in the strength grade of concrete increases the bearing capacity. The stiffness of the RSCFCST columns under eccentric compression gradually increases as the strength grade of concrete increases, while the eccentricity had an adverse effect on stiffness of specimen. With the increase of load, the increase of the lengthdiameter ratio would accelerate the stiffness degradation of specimen. The effect of the replacement ratio of RCA on stiffness of specimen in the elastic stage is not obvious. A validated FE model is employed to conduct parametric studies to widen the available test results. Additionally, an analytical model for predicting the effective stiffness of the RSCFCST columns under eccentric compression is proposed based on the moment magnifier method, and verification of this method is performed using the test data and FE analysis.
1. Introduction
With the rapid renewal and development of the city, a large amount of waste concrete is produced. At present, the majority of these concrete wastes in China is directly landfilled or piled up in open air without any environmental treatment [1–3]. The recycling rate is very low. Therefore, how to recycle these wastes reasonably and effectively to reduce land occupancy and environmental pollution has attracted more and more attention.
Vries and Kisku [4, 5] demonstrated the feasibility of recycling to deal with these waste concrete. Laserna, Thomas, Shaikh, and Zhu [6–9] carried out the experiments on the mechanical properties and durability of recycled aggregate concrete. Test results indicated that up to 25% of ordinary coarse aggregates were replaced by RCAs, without significant effect of mechanical properties. In addition, Tam [10] examined three presoaking treatment methods in weakening the mortar attached to RCA. Results revealed that the mechanical properties of recycled aggregate concrete making from these three treatment methods were significantly improved in quality compared with using the traditional methods. In short, these studies confirm the feasibility and reasonability of recycled aggregates in engineering application.
Concretefilled steel tube (CFST), a composite structure which effectively exerts the mechanical advantages of both the outer steel tube and core concrete, has been widely used in engineering structures. A large number of analytical and experimental investigations on CFST have been conducted, and series of achievements have been made [11–15]. Different from that of the ordinary CFST, the filler of recycled concretefilled steel tube (RCFST) is recycled aggregate concrete. Mohanraj et al. [16] conducted an experiment on the behavior of square and circular RCFST columns subjected to axial compression. The influences of the confinement of concrete, steel tube dimensions, and shapes were examined, and the applicability of the current CFST design provisions for RCFST columns was evaluated. Subsequently, an experimental study on RCFST columns under eccentric compression was proposed by Yang and Han [17] and Chen et al. [18]. Results showed that the failure mode of RCFST columns under an eccentric load was overall buckling, which was similar to that of the ordinary CFST columns. The ultimate bearing capacity of RCFST columns decreased as the eccentricity or lengthdiameter ratio increased. Tang and Xu [19, 20] investigated the seismic behavior of the RCFST column. Test results indicated that the seismic behaviors of the RCFST columns were similar to those of the corresponding ordinary CFST columns, and it was feasible to apply these RCFST columns in seismic areas. Geng et al. [21] carried out an experiment on the timedependent behavior of RCFST columns. Tests results revealed that the total deformation of RCFST columns could increase by up to 50% after five months subjected to sustained loading, which was 22% higher than that of the ordinary CFST columns.
These above studies demonstrate the feasibility of RCFST in engineering application and strengthen the concept of environmental protection and sustainability in engineering. However, the uncompactness of core concrete in this composite structure is easy to occur due to insufficient vibration and the irremovable air in the steel tube. This uncompactness defect may decrease the bearing capacity of specimens. Hence, Mahgub et al. [22] investigated the mechanical behavior of selfcompacting concretefilled elliptical steel tubular columns subjected to axial load. Results indicated that specimens with large slenderness ratio exhibited global buckling failure modes, and the ultimate strength decreased as the slenderness ratio increased, while it increased as the strength grade of concrete increased. Muciaccia et al. [23] conducted the experiments on the response of selfcompacting concretefilled steel tubular (SCFST) columns under eccentric compression. Three different concrete, such as a selfcompacting concrete, an ordinary vibrated concrete, and an expansive SCC, were employed to investigate the behavior of SCFST columns subjected to eccentric compression. Elzbieta and Piot [24] tested the bonding behavior between outer steel tube and core selfcompacting concrete in composite tube columns. The results indicated that the bonding performance of SCFST columns depends on the compressive strength of concrete, and the bond strength of selfcompacting concrete was lower than that of vibration concrete. Ding and Yu [25] studied the pure bending behavior of SCFST columns. The effect of the strength grade of concrete on the flexural capacities was not obvious. However, the flexural capacities increased remarkably as the steel ratio increased. Moreover, Dotreppe et al. [26] carried out a numerical study using the nonlinear finite element software SAFIR to investigate the structural and thermal properties of SCFST columns under fire conditions. The results revealed that the mechanical behaviors of SCFST columns at high temperatures were similar to those of normal CFST columns, and the application of these columns in practical engineering buildings was feasible.
In summary, a lot of theoretical and experimental investigations have been carried out on RCFST and SCFST. However, few studies were focused on the behaviors of RSCFCST columns. In this analysis, twentyone RSCFCST columns under eccentric compression are tested to investigate the performance of stiffness.
2. Experimental Program
2.1. Preparation of Specimens
Twentyone specimens, including fifteen RSCFCST short columns and six RSCFCST long columns under an eccentric load, were carried out. Four parameters, such as lengthdiameter ratio, replacement ratio of RCA, strength grade of concrete, and eccentricity, were examined in this analysis. The outer diameter of the steel tube is 140 mm, and the thickness of steel tube is 3.63 mm. The lengths of the steel tube are 500 mm, 1000 mm, and 1500 mm, respectively. Different lengthdiameter ratios (i.e., 3.57, 7.14, and 10.71), replacement ratios of RCA (i.e., 0%, 50%, and 100%), strength grades of concrete (i.e., C30, C50, and C60), and eccentricities (i.e., 20 mm, 40 mm, and 60 mm) were adopted. The specific parameters of the specimens are listed in Table 1.
 
Note. is the outer diameter of steel tube; and are the measured thickness and length of the steel tube, respectively; is the replacement ratio of RCA; is the eccentricity of specimen; is the radius of RSC; is the eccentricity ratio; is the lengthdiameter ratio of specimen; is the ultimate load of the specimen. 
A 300 mm × 300 mm × 10 mm steel plate was first welded to the bottom of the steel tube. Then, recycled selfcompacting concrete (RSC) was poured into the steel tube. After the core RSC reached the initial setting strength, a plastic film was used to wrap the top of the steel tube. Seven days later, this plastic film was removed, and another 300 mm × 300 mm × 10 mm steel plate was welded on the top of the steel tube.
2.2. Mechanical Properties of Materials
RSCFCST column is a composite structure consisting of a outer seamless steel tube and RSC infill. According to “Metallic materialTensile testing (GB/T2282010)” Part I [27], the yield and ultimate strength of the outer steel tube determined from the coupon test are 233.1 MPa and 295.7 MPa, respectively. Young’s modulus and Poisson’s ratio of the steel tube are 2.0 × 10^{5} MPa and 0.297, respectively.
RSC is made of RCA, fine aggregate, Portland cement, tap water, highperformance waterreducing agent, and natural macadam. The coarse aggregate consisted of continuously graded gravel and RCA. The particle size range of RCA and graded gravel is 5 mm∼31.5 mm. RCA was obtained by crushing the waste concrete blocks with a strength of C20∼C60. The sieve analysis of RCA was performed according to the Chinese code JGJ 522006 [28]. The fine aggregate consisted of fly ash and graded sand. The bulk density of fly ash is 2.2 g/cm^{3}. The fineness modulus of sand is 2.9. Table 2 depicts the mix proportion of RSC with different strength grades and the corresponding mechanical properties determined from the specified test approach according to regulation JGJ/T2832012 [29].

2.3. Test Setup and Loading Scheme
Monotone static loading tests were carried out on the electronhydraulic servo pressure machine Type YAW5000F. Adjustable Vblocks and a knife edge were prepared for the tests to get the required eccentricity, as shown in Figure 1. Two linear variable displacement transducers (LVDTs) were diagonally arranged on the bottom loading plate to monitor the RSCFCST column’s axial deformation. Another three LVDTs were arranged at the height of 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 of the columns to measure the bending deflections of the specimen. For the RSCFCST short column, eight strain gauges were evenly glued at the midheight of column, as shown in Figure 2(a), to determine the axial and circumferential strains of the outer steel tube. For the RSCFCST long column, as shown in Figure 2(b), twentyfour strain gauges were evenly arranged at the height of 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 of specimen.
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In this test, loadcontrolled and displacementcontrolled loading scheme were adopted. Initially, the loadcontrolled loading scheme was applied, and the loading rate was 50 kN/min. As the load increased to approximately 85% of the estimated ultimate strength of specimen, the displacementcontrolled loading scheme was then adopted, and the loading rate was 0.5 mm/min.
3. Experimental Results and Analysis
3.1. Failure Mode
According to the test results, the failure process of the RSCFCST column experiences three stages as elasticity, elastoplasticity, and failure. Several phenomena, including the gradual falling of the rust on the surface of the steel tube, the local yielding of the outer steel tube, occasionally the sound of RSC crushing, and the local buckling of specimen, are observed in the tests. Two failure modes of the RSCFCST columns under eccentric compression are demonstrated, as shown in Figure 3. The RSCFCST short columns under eccentric compression exhibit drumlike bending failures, while the RSCFCST long columns experience the global flexural buckling failure modes.
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3.2. LoadStiffness Curves
Figure 4 illustrates the influence of various parameters, such as strength grade of concrete, replacement ratio of RCA, eccentricity, and lengthdiameter ratio, on the loadstiffness relationship of RSCFCST columns under an eccentric load. denotes the stiffness of the specimen, and represents the axial load.
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3.2.1. Effect of Strength Grade of Concrete
Figure 4(a) depicts the effect of the concrete strength grade on the loadstiffness relationship of specimen. Obviously, the strength grade of concrete has a significant effect on the stiffness and bearing capacity of specimen. Initially, the loadstiffness curves are basically horizontal, and the initial stiffness increases as the strength grade of concrete increases. Take RSCSE7 and RSCSE13 for example, the initial stiffness of RSCSE13 is approximately 2.4 times of that of RSCSE7. With the increase of load, the stiffness degradation rate of specimens is increased gradually and the increase of concrete strength grade would deteriorate the concrete degradation. As depicted in Figure 4(a), the ultimate bearing capacity of the RSCFCST column increases as the strength grade of concrete increases. For example, the ultimate bearing capacity of RSCSE13 is about 16% higher than that of RSCSE7. The reason is that the compressive strength, the elastic modulus, and the compactness of core RSC increase as the strength grade of concrete increases.
3.2.2. Effect of Replacement Ratio of RCA
Figure 4(b) illustrates the effect of the replacement ratio of RCA on the stiffness of eccentrically loaded RSCFCST columns. The replacement ratio of RCA has little effect on the stiffness of specimen in the elastic stage, and the loadstiffness curves are approximately horizontal. As the load increases, the curve shows an obvious inflection point, and the specimen enters the elastoplastic stage. The increase in the replacement ratio of RCA accelerates the stiffness degradation of specimens. Generally, the specimens with a higher replacement ratio of RCA have shorter loadstiffness horizontal stage and longer slow descent stage. The ultimate bearing capacity of RSCFCST columns under an eccentric load slightly decreases as the replacement ratio of RCA increases. For example, the ultimate bearing capacity of RSCSE2 is 5% higher than that of RSCSE8. This may come from that the increase in the replacement ratio of RCA increases the interface between mortar adhered to the surface of RCA, which accelerates the stiffness degradation of specimen and slightly decreases the bearing capacity of RSCFCST columns.
3.2.3. Effect of Eccentricity
As depicted in Figure 4(c), eccentricity has a remarkable effect on the stiffness and bearing capacity of specimens. In the initial loading stage, the loadstiffness curve of the specimen presents a horizontal stage approximately. The initial stiffness of specimens decreases as the eccentricity increases. For example, the initial stiffness of RSCSE1 is about 4 times of that of RSCSE3. With the increase of the load, the loadstiffness curve deviates from the horizontal and the stiffness degradation rate of specimen is increased. The ultimate bearing capacity of specimen decreases with the increase of eccentricity. Take RSCSE1 and RSCSE3 for example; the ultimate bearing capacity of RSCSE13 is 60% higher than that of RSCSE7. This may come from that the failure of specimens under the axial load is full section compression failure, while partial tension and partial compression occur in the failure section of eccentric compression specimens. The confinement effect of the steel tube on core RSC only occurs in the compression zone. The larger the eccentricity is, the smaller the crosssectional area of the compression is in the failure zone. Therefore, the confinement effect decreases as the eccentricity increases. Moreover, the increase of the eccentricity enlarges the secondorder effect and increases the lateral deflection.
3.2.4. Effect of LengthDiameter Ratio
Figure 4(d) reveals the influence of the lengthdiameter ratio on the stiffness of RSCFCST columns under eccentric compression. Initially, the loadstiffness curve of specimen presents a horizontal stage approximately as the specimen is in the elastic stage. Obviously, with the increase of load, the increase of lengthdiameter ratio would accelerate the stiffness degradation of specimen. The ultimate bearing capacity of the RSCFCST column under eccentric load decreases as the lengthdiameter ratio increases. For example, the ultimate bearing capacity of RSCSE12 is 24% higher than that of RSCSE21. The reason is that the increase of the lengthdiameter ratio would cause the instability of specimen under eccentric load. The deflection of the specimens increases as the lengthdiameter ratio increases. The additional deflection magnifies the Pδ effect of specimen reducing the bearing capacity and bending stiffness of specimen.
3.3. StressStrain Analysis
The stressstrain curves of the RSCFCST columns subjected to eccentric compression are shown in Figures 5–8. In these figures, represents the compressive stress of specimen, is the longitudinal strain, and is the circumferential strain.
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3.3.1. Effect of Strength Grade of Concrete
The effect of concrete strength grade on the stressstrain relationship of RSCFCST columns under eccentric compression is illustrated in Figure 5. Initially, the stressstrain curves of concrete with different strength grades are linearly increased, and the strength grade of concrete has little effect on the stressstrain curve in the elastic stage. As the load increases, the stressstrain curve of specimen increases nonlinearly, and an inflection point appears on the stressstrain curve. The longitudinal compressive strain develops faster than the longitudinal tensile strain, and the circumferential tensile strain develops faster than the compressive strain. As the strength grade of concrete increases, the stress of specimen increases while the strain development rate decreases.
3.3.2. Effect of Replacement Ratio of RCA
As shown in Figure 6, the effect of the replacement ratio of RCA on the stressstrain relationship of RSCFCST columns under eccentric compression is not obvious in the elastic stage. With the increase of the load, the stressstrain curve deviates from linear growth. The circumferential tensile strain develops faster than the circumferential compression strain. Besides, the longitudinal compressive strain develops faster than the longitudinal tensile strain. Strain growth accelerates as the replacement ratio of RCA increases.
3.3.3. Effect of Eccentricity
The slope of the stressstrain curve decreases with the increase of eccentricity, as shown in Figure 7. For the specimen with small eccentricity, the whole section is in the compressive state at the initial of loading, and all strains on the section are compressive. With the increase of eccentricity, the yield and ultimate stress of specimen decrease, while the strains develop quickly.
3.3.4. Effect of LengthDiameter Ratio
Initially, the stressstrain curves of specimens with different lengthdiameter ratios are linearly increased, as shown in Figure 8. As load increases, the stressstrain curve deviates from linearity, and an inflection point appears on the stressstrain curve. The increase of the lengthdiameter ratio would decrease the stress of specimen and increase the strain growth rate.
4. A Modified Model for Predicting the Effective Stiffness
4.1. Basic Assumption
To simplify the effective stiffness calculation of the RSCFCST columns under eccentric compression, the following assumptions are made: (1) the plane section hypothesis is applied for the whole calculation; (2) outer steel tube and core RSC work and deform coordinately; (3) the deflection curve is approximately in the shape of a half sine wave.
4.2. A New Model for Estimating the Effective Stiffness
For the conventional CFST columns, the estimation of the stiffness under axial compression is suggested by the following wellknown equation [30]:where and are the elastic modulus of core concrete and outer steel tube, respectively, and and are the crosssectional moment of inertia of core concrete and outer steel tube, respectively.
However, few investigations are focused on predicting the effective stiffness of concretefilled steel tubular composite columns under eccentric compression. According to [31, 32], the effective stiffness of the composite structure needs a certain reduction since the interface interaction should be taken into consideration. Therefore, an effective stiffness factor is introduced in this study, and the effective stiffness of RSCFCST columns under eccentric compression can be expressed as follows:where is the effective stiffness of RSCFCST columns under eccentric compression; is the elastic modulus of RSC; and are the crosssectional moment of inertia of the RSC and outer steel tube, respectively; and is obtained by multiple regression of test data as follows:where is the correction coefficient considering the influence of the replacement ratio of RCA, which is fitted by the regression analysis of the existing test data, as shown in Figure 9 and the following equation:
For the slender columns, the secondorder effect should be taken into account. There are two main methods such as the nominal curvature approach and the moment magnifier approach to consider the secondorder effect in current specifications. The precision of the moment magnifier approach relies on of the specimen and has been employed by Eurocode 4 [39], ACI318 [40], etc. In the specifications, the magnification coefficient can be established:where is the ultimate load of the specimen and is the critical buckling strength, which is related to and . can be estimated by the following equation:
According to the above equations, can be described as follows:
According to equations (2) and (7), the effective stiffness factor of the RSCFCST columns under eccentric compression can be expressed as follows:
For the RSCFCST stub columns subjected to eccentric load () [41], the failure modes of specimens are mainly compressive failure of core RSC. Therefore, the effective stiffness factor () mainly considers the influence of and . The effect of the yield strength of the steel tube () on the effective stiffness factor () is not obvious. is fitted by the test data, as shown in the following equation:
For the RSCFCST long columns under eccentric compression () [41], the failure modes of specimens are compressive failure of core RSC and tension failure of the outer steel tube. Obviously, the influence of and on the effective stiffness factor () is significant. Additionally, the effect of the yield strength of the steel () and the steel ratio () is not negligible in this case. is fitted by the experimental data, as shown in the following equation:
The equations for predicting effective stiffness of RSCFCST columns under eccentric compression can be obtained as follows:
5. Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
In this study, the mechanical behaviors of RSCFCST columns under eccentric compression are simulated by finite element analysis software ABAQUS 6.12. The finite element analysis model of specimens is established: (1) individual components are established; (2) individual material properties are assigned; (3) mesh sizes are created; (4) components are assembled; (5) analysis steps are defined; and (6) constraints condition, boundary, and loads are applied. A python script supported by ABAQUS [42] is developed to facilitate the execution of the same tasks many times, and the model can be used to conveniently calculate the deflection of specimens.
5.1. Constitutive Relation Model of Materials
As shown in Figure 10, the stressstrain curve of steel can be divided into five stages: elasticity, elastoplasticity, plasticity, hardening, and secondary plastic flow [43, 44]. The expression of the stressstrain curve is as follows [45]:where and denote the equivalent stress and equivalent strain of steel; is the elastic modulus of steel; is the yield strength of the steel; is the strain corresponding to the proportional limit of steel; is the strain at the starting yield point; is the ending yield point; is the strain corresponding to ultimate strength of steel; and , , and are the parameters of the elastoplastic stage. , , , is the proportional limit of steel, and is the ultimate strength of steel.
As shown in Figure 11, the effect of the replacement ratio of RCA on the stressstrain relationship is considered and the stressstrain relation of RSC subjected to eccentric load is established in this study based on the existing models [46, 47]:where and represent the compressive stress and maximum compressive stress of RSC, respectively; and are the compressive strain and the maximum compressive strain of RSC; and are the parameters obtained by regression analysis of test data, as shown in the following equationwhere is the compressive strength. is the confinement influence coefficient considering the effect of the replacement ratio of RCA. and are the crosssectional area of the steel tube and core RSC in the compression zone.
The stressstrain model for core RSC in the tension zone is adopted as follows [43]:where and stand for the tensile stress and maximum tensile stress of RSC. and are the tensile strain and the maximum tensile strain of RSC, respectively.
5.2. Finite Element Model
5.2.1. Interaction Settings
The constraints between models are defined in the interaction module. Surfacetosurface contact interactions are employed for the surfaces of the steel tube and core RSC [48]. Hard contact is designated as the interaction between the two surfaces of normal deformation, and the friction coefficient is 0.3 in this analysis. The contact type between loading plate and steel tube is shelltosolidcoupling.
5.2.2. Loading Boundary Conditions
To effectively reflect the eccentric compression state, two loading plates are set on the bottom and top of the specimen, as shown in Figure 12. In order to prevent the deformation of two loading plates, Young’s modulus of both loading plates is defined as 2.1 × 10^{14} MPa and Poisson’s ratio is set as 0.3. The degree of freedom at the bottom of specimen is fully constrained in rotations and translation, while the top of column is permitted to move in the Z direction. A loading line is set on the top loading plate, and the displacementcontrolled load is applied in the Z direction.
5.2.3. Analysis Steps and Solid Elements
The incremental iteration method is adopted in this analysis to control time increment. The initial increment, minimum increment, and maximum increment are set as 0.001, 1E006, and 10, respectively. S4R (fournodereduced integral format shell elements element) and C3D8R (eightnode solid elements with three translation degrees of freedom) are adopted to mesh the outer steel tube and core RSC, respectively. The sensitivity study shows that the outer steel tube and core RSC can be meshed with 3 mm element size, and the finite element model and mesh division of each element are shown in Figure 13.
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5.2.4. Evaluation of FE Model and Parametric Studies
The measured test data of bearing capacity and deflection of the RSCFCST column under eccentric compression are compared with the predicted values of the FE model, as shown in Table 3. and stand for the measured ultimate load and deflection of specimen, respectively; is the predicted value of the ultimate load, and illustrates the predicted value of deflection. The predicted values of the FE model are in good agreement with the test data. The average values of and are 97.4% and 96%, and their mean square errors are 0.042 and 0.037, respectively.
 
Note. represents the predicted value of the ultimate load; denotes the predicted value of deflection. 
The studied parameters including the yield strength of the steel (), steel ratio (), diameterthickness ratio of the steel tube (), replacement ratio of RCA , strength grade of concrete, eccentricity ratio , and lengthdiameter ratio of RSCFCST columns are considered. The detailed parameter values are listed in Table 4. To evaluate the proposed model, the lengthdiameter ratio and eccentricity ratio are investigated comprehensively in this study. Meanwhile, other parameters are studied by fixing a specific value, as shown in Table 5. In addition, 14 combinations of , , , and and strength grade of concrete are created to run with each of 3 values for and . A total of 14 × 3 × 3 = 126 FE models are established.


6. Evaluation of the Proposed Model
In order to verify the accuracy of the effective stiffness calculation equation of RSCFCST columns under eccentric compression, the deflection values predicted by the proposed equation and test data in this study are compared in Table 6. The average ratio of the predicted value of the deflection by the proposed model to test data is 1.022, and the mean square error is 0.123. The results obtained from the proposed model are very close to the test data.

In addition, twelve recycled concretefilled circular steel tubular columns under eccentric compression [49] are collected to further verify the applicability of the proposed equation for estimating the effective stiffness. As shown in Table 7, the average ratio of the predicted value of the deflection to test data of reference is 1.086, and the mean square error is 0.133. Moreover, the abovementioned 126 FE models are also employed to evaluate the accuracy of the proposed equation for predicting the effective stiffness, and the overall performance of the proposed equation is depicted in Figure 14. Test data, FE analysis results, and deflections predicted by equation are compared in Figure 14. Obviously, most cases are within ±10% error lines. The predicted values from the proposed equation agree well with the test data and FE analysis. Therefore, the model proposed in this study can be adopted for evaluating the effective stiffness of the RSCFCST columns under eccentric compression.
 
Note. An example of the test specimen identification system is as follows: CL1281000, where CL accounts for a composite column with the aggregate, the digit number “12” is the lengthdiameter ratio (), the digit “8” defines the nominal ratio of 8%, the digit “100” represents the RCA replacement ratio of 100%, and the last one “0” denotes eccentricity of load with 0 mm. 
7. Conclusion
Experimental research and FE analysis on mechanical performance of RSCFCST columns under eccentric compression are conducted in this study. The main conclusions are as follows:(1)The RSCFCST short columns under eccentric compression exhibit drumlike bending failures, while the RSCFCST long columns under eccentric compression experience the global flexural buckling failure modes.(2)With the replacement ratio of RCA, lengthdiameter ratio or eccentricity increases, the bearing capacity of RSCFCST columns under eccentric compression decreases. However, the bearing capacity of specimen increases as the strength grade of concrete increases.(3)The stiffness of the RSCFCST columns under eccentric compression gradually increases as the strength grade of concrete increases, while the eccentricity had an adverse effect on stiffness of specimen. With the increase of load, the increase of the lengthdiameter ratio would accelerate the stiffness degradation of specimen. The effect of the replacement ratio of RCA on stiffness of specimen in the elastic stage is not obvious.(4)The stressstrain curves are linear in the elastic stage. As load increases, the stressstrain curves deviate from linearity, and the strain growth rate increases as the replacement ratio of RCA, lengthdiameter ratio, or eccentricity increases, while the strain growth rate decreases as the strength grade of concrete increases.(5)A validated FE model is employed to conduct parametric studies to widen the available test results. An analytical model for predicting the effective stiffness of the RSCFCST columns under eccentric compression is proposed based on the moment magnifier method, and verification of this analytical model is performed using the test data and FE analysis results.
Data Availability
The data used to support the findings of this study are included within the article. Reference test data in Table 7 can be obtained via https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0141029616307271.
Conflicts of Interest
The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.
Acknowledgments
This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (nos. 51578001, 51608003, 51878002, and 51008001), Department of Education, Anhui Province (no. KJ2015ZD10), Key Research and Development Plan of Anhui Province (no. 1704a0802131), and Outstanding Young Talent Support Program of Anhui Province (no. gxyqZD2016072).
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