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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2015, Article ID 291481, 12 pages
Research Article

Design and Model Test of a Modularized Prefabricated Steel Frame Structure with Inclined Braces

1Beijing Engineering Research Center of High-Rise and Large-Span Prestressed Steel Structure, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100024, China
2Broad Sustainable Building Technology Co., Ltd., Xiangyin, Hunan 414600, China

Received 12 January 2015; Accepted 17 April 2015

Academic Editor: Robert Cerný

Copyright © 2015 Xuechun Liu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Modularized prefabricated steel structures have become the preferred design in the industrialization of steel structures due to their advantages of fast construction speed, high degree of industrialization, low labour intensity, and more. Prefabricated steel structures have some engineering applications, but all are low-rise structures with few applications in the field of high-rise buildings. Using finite element analysis with line and solid elements, full-scale experiments were conducted to study the single-span frame, which is the core load-bearing part of a modularized prefabricated high-rise steel frame structure with inclined braces. The mechanical mechanisms, computation methods, and design formulas of truss girders were obtained by comparing the finite element and model experiments and building a theoretical and experimental basis for the compilation of design codes. The mechanical characteristics under design load, the deformation and stress state, the elastic-plastic law of development, and the yield failure mode and mechanism under horizontal ultimate load were also obtained. Based on theoretical analysis, finite element analysis, and experiments, the design method of this frame was summarized and incorporated into the design code.