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Space tube trusses design for long-span steel structures


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The steel structure tube truss technology has been popular abroad for many years. While the Chinese construction industry is experiencing rapid development, it is gradually paying attention to the building roof system. On this basis, steel structure tube truss technology has been deeply researched, developed, and applied. Next, we explore this design structure.

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1. Preliminary understanding of tube truss structure

With the development of technology, the scope of application of steel pipe structures in today’s buildings has expanded from the scope of large-scale construction projects to the scope of industrial buildings and civil buildings. For example, the stadiums in Shanghai and Changchun, the airport terminals in Chengdu, the ski resort in Harbin, the Yangzhou Stadium, the Shanghai Yangzigang Bridge, the Guangzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center, and the Laoshan Velodrome of the Beijing Olympics, etc., have chosen the design structure of steel structure space tube truss of the roof system.

Tube trusses are generally divided into two types of pipe truss structures, planar and space, according to the different layouts of the rod frame and the different force characteristics. As the name implies, the planar truss structure is that the upper, lower chord, and web members are all in the same plane. The external rigidity of this structure is poor. The upper and lower chord members of the space truss structure are usually on a triangular cross-section. This structure has a large span, high stability, and usually has a more aesthetic appearance. When the external support cannot be arranged, a triangular truss with high stability is used to construct a space with a large span. This structure reduces the number of supporting parts, so it is more economical.

For the type of cross-section of the connecting member of the pipe truss, the commonly used ones are circular, square, and rectangular. The corresponding truss types are also different for the cross-section of different graphics. If the cross-section of the connecting part is circular, choose CC type truss. If the cross-section of the connector is square, choose the RR-type truss. If the cross-section of the connector is rectangular, choose the RC-type truss.

The type of chord determines the shape of the truss, which can basically be divided into two types: linear truss and curved truss. Among them, the curved truss can better reflect the aesthetics of the building and is also most commonly used in the construction process. In order to obtain the best architectural effect with the smallest cost expenditure, in the design process of the curved pipe truss structure, the rods are still in the form of straight rods, and the broken lines are approximated to replace the curves.

The steel pipe truss structure has a beautiful appearance, low economic cost, and reasonable force than other materials. It is these relative advantages that make steel pipe trusses most commonly used in construction. A large number of construction engineering practices can prove that the use of steel pipe structures meets the basic principles of architecture on the one hand, meets the basic requirements of architecture on the other hand, and is consistent with the latest design concepts.

2. Development status of space tube truss structure

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Many modern large-scale buildings are constructed with steel structures, and with the continuous deepening and development of the construction industry, architectural concepts have undergone earth-shaking changes and innovations. In the application and practice of steel structures, there have been many similar large-span structures., Steel structure buildings with relatively complex and changeable spatial shapes. The design of these new steel structure buildings also provides a basis for the optimization and innovation of steel components. In recent years, large-scale sports venues, cultural venues, and exhibition halls such as the Water Cube, the National Grand Theater, and the new office building of China Central Television have all used large-span and complex space steel structures. To serve as the building’s own roof structure system.

Nowadays, the scientific and technological gold content of the architectural level has become the standard to measure the architectural level of a country. Among them, the development of space structure technology determines the scientific and technological content of the architectural level. my country’s construction industry has never stopped the pace of research on long-span spatial structures, and the corresponding construction technology has also made a qualitative leap. Large-span space tube trusses have played an irreplaceable role in the construction of important national venues. However, due to differences in spans, truss sections, and specifications, there are more or fewer differences in wall thickness butt joints and K-shaped joints between buildings.

3. The solution to problems of space tube truss structure

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3.1 Problems and methods of butt jointing of supervisors with different wall thicknesses

The butt joint of the main pipe with a large span and variable cross section is the place where the joint problem of unequal wall thickness often occurs. The design unit often requires all the main pipe joints to be grooved in the factory and requires the folded plate to be used as a liner. However, the application of a large number of internal groove components in the construction will lead to the extension of the construction period and an increase in difficulty. Moreover, because the domestic seamless pipe manufacturing technology still has a certain gap with foreign countries, the method of rolling pipe must be used, which has caused the roundness difference of straight seam steel pipes.

According to the relevant regulations, the deviation rate of the outer diameter of the straight seam steel pipe cannot be greater than or less than 0.75%, and the deviation of the bending degree cannot be greater than 3.0mm/m. When welding two components, the width and thickness of the weldment are not equal. If there is a gap of more than 4mm in the thickness of the weldment on one side, then the width and thickness directions, along one or both sides Made into a bevel, and the slope of this bevel should be controlled within the range of less than or equal to 1:2.5. In addition, the welded member can be fixed by adding ribs along the vertical direction of the welded seam, and by adding a hoop at the weld position.

3.2 Problems and solutions of invisible welding at lap joints of K type

In terms of node structure, lap joints can be divided into gaps, partial laps, and complete laps. In the process of design and construction of these different structures, how to lap has become the most critical issue, which will also increase the internal hidden probability of welding. The relevant regulations do not have specific provisions on this issue.

Normally, the diameter ratio of the main pipe to the web should be controlled within a range of greater than or equal to 0.2 and less than or equal to 1, and the overlap between the webs should be controlled within a range of greater than or equal to 25%. In the selection of nodes, more gap nodes should be selected instead of partially overlapped nodes, because gap nodes are easier to assemble than partially overlapped nodes. The hidden parts of partial lap joints are generally not welded. Only when the unbalance coefficient between the web member and the main pipe is greater than 1.5, then partial lap joints must be welded. For the selection of overlapping joints, it should be noted that the overlapped pipe and the overlapped pipe must overlap at least 25% of the width. The best choice is to have a general width overlapping. In addition, for partially overlapped K-type joints, if there is a gap of less than one-fifth between the internal force in the vertical direction of the main pipe and the internal force in the abdominal tube, then the toe of the overlapped member does not need to be welded.

In addition, in lap joint members, the ratio between the outer diameter of the circular tube and the thickness of the member wall cannot be greater than 100. The overlapping rate of K-type joint members should be controlled within the range of greater than or equal to 25% and less than or equal to 100%. If the thickness of the web members is different, then when welding, a thin-walled pipe should be built on top of the thick-walled pipe. To sum up, in the design of space tube trusses, it is not only necessary to consider the bearing force of the members and the joints of the members, but also the structure of the joints. To the key role of linking the previous and the next.

3.3 Construction steps of space tube truss

“Spot welding first, then full welding” is the main procedure of pipe truss construction. If there are lap joints in truss construction, it is necessary to clarify in advance the lap joints that need to be welded. Effectively confirm the order of component installation to prevent building safety hazards due to the inversion of the component installation sequence. The installation steps of the space pipe truss are usually: the supervisor is installed first, and then the pipe is installed. After each pipe is installed, the toe of the straight pipe is welded, and finally, the weld between the branch pipe and the branch pipe is welded.

3.4 How to patch the intersecting mouth

In the construction of a construction project, the whole process from design to construction cannot be perfect, and there will be some deficiencies or errors more or less, especially human errors during the construction process will increase the probability of these errors. These mistakes often cause excessive gaps in the intersecting openings, and it is necessary to check for gaps and fill in gaps in a timely and effective manner.

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1)If the length of the intersection between the truss and the main chord is greater than 8mm, one solution is to completely replace the intersection. The second method is to cut the part of the structure around the intersection. The cutting requirement is a long oval shape with a length of Greater than or equal to 500mm, replace the cut part, and groove welding should be performed in the replacement.

2)If the gap between branch pipe intersecting openings is too large, it is necessary to patch the local components of branch pipe intersecting openings. The patch is required to be long oval, and the length must be greater than or equal to 300mm. The welding requirements are also groove

The role of steel structure in the field of construction is becoming more and more important, because the steel structure has a smaller weight and higher strength, and its plasticity and flexibility are stronger than other materials. Structure. Steel structures have also been applied to the space structure system, especially for large-scale venues with large spans and high elevations. The design of space steel structure pipe trusses as its roof structure has many advantages and meets the requirements of large-span venues. And it conforms to the basic principles of aesthetics, practicality, economy, and safety in architectural design. This design structure will be used more in actual buildings in the future.