Experimental Studies on the Behaviour of Headed Shear Studs for Composite Beams in Fire

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

8 Citations (Scopus)
153 Downloads (Pure)


Steel and concrete composite structures are commonly applied in multi-story buildings as they maximise the material strength through composite action. Despite the popularity of employing a trapezoidal deck slab, limited experimental data are available under elevated temperatures. The behaviour of the headed shear stud embedded in a transverse trapezoidal deck and solid slab was investigated at both ambient and fire conditions. Twelve push-out tests were conducted according to the ISO 834 standard fire utilising a customised electric furnace. A stud shearing failure was observed in the solid slab specimen, whereas the failure mode was changed from a concrete-dominated failure to the stud shearing in the transverse deck specimen with an increase in temperature. Comparisons between the experimental observations and design requirements are presented. The Eurocode design guidance on the transverse deck slab gives a highly conservative estimate for shear resistance. A new design formula was proposed to determine the capacity of the shear connection regardless of the slab type when the stud shearing occurs at high temperatures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)743-752
Number of pages10
JournalSteel and Composite Structures
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 25 Sept 2019


  • composite beam
  • headed shear stud
  • push-out test
  • transverse deck
  • fire
  • Composite beam
  • Push-out test
  • Headed shear stud
  • Fire
  • Transverse deck


Dive into the research topics of 'Experimental Studies on the Behaviour of Headed Shear Studs for Composite Beams in Fire'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this