Local web buckling is one of the most common failure modes for coped steel beams. While several studies have been undertaken focusing on the behavior of top-flange/single-coped beams, double-coped beams have received little attention. To fill this knowledge gap, this paper presents experimental and numerical studies on local web buckling behavior of double-coped steel beams. Five full-scale tests were conducted, and the main test parameters were cope length and cope depth. Local web buckling was observed as the main failure mode for all of the five specimens, and the buckling resistance was found to decrease with increasing cope length and cope depth. A FE study was subsequently conducted, where the response of the FE models agreed well with the test results, especially in terms of buckling mode and buckling resistance. The test and FE results were compared with those predicted by an existing design approach. The design results were found to be quite conservative, and hence further investigation may be required to achieve a more accurate design approach. procedure and faster computational efficiency than the Modal Pushover Analysis (MPA) procedure for irregular bridges.
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