Cold-Formed Steel (CFS) sections are evolved through the last two decades compromising various aspects of construction needs. Doubly symmetric Rectangular Hollow Flange Beam (RHFB) is one of the innovative CFS sections, which was introduced to eliminate the drawbacks of conventional open CFS sections such as prone to complex buckling and torsional effects. Edge-stiffened web holes are recently recommended and available for extensive usage in the floor beams. Even though previous studies conducted researches on various kinds of stiffeners, there is no definite design equation or findings that were presented on shear behaviour. Therefore, this study focuses on the effect of edge-stiffened circular web openings on the shear capacity of doubly symmetric RHFB. Non-linear numerical models were developed using the ABAQUS software package for validation purposes and then comprehensive parametric studies were carried out for doubly symmetric RHFB with edge-stiffened openings. A total of 558 models consisting of edge-stiffeners, un-stiffened openings and plain webs were analysed in this study. Parametric results of with edge stiffeners exhibited shear capacity increment (1–90%) compared to unstiffened web openings. Hence, new design equations were proposed in the form of reduction factor and based on Direct Strength Method (DSM). Finally, optimum edge-stiffener length of 15 mm was recommended regardless of web opening size.
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The authors acknowledge the supports provided by the Northumbria University, The Home Engineers and the European research council.