Web Distortion and Flexural-Torsional Buckling

by Gregory J. Hancock, Sr. Lect. in Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia,
Nicholas S. Trahair, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia,
Mark A. Bradford, Research Student in Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia,


Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 7, Pg. 1557-1571


Document Type: Journal Paper

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Abstract: In a member with a slender, unstiffened web, a combined buckling mode may occur in which the web distorts and reduces the member's torsional resistance, and consequently its resistance to lateral (or flexural-torsional) buckling. In this paper, an approximate analysis of the effect of web distortion on the elastic flexural-torsional buckling of a simply supported I-section member is presented. This analysis leads to a closed form interaction equation, relating the critical uniform moment and axial load acting on the member. The buckling moments and loads determined from this equation are compared with the results of a more sophisticated finite strip analysis, and are shown to be of high accuracy.

Subject Headings: Buckling | Webs (structure) | Flexural strength | Axial loads | Load and resistance factor design | Elastic analysis | Distortion (structural) | Moment (mechanics)

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