Design of Steel Frames for Minimum Weight

by Richard H. Bigelow,
Edwin H. Gaylord,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 6, Pg. 109-132

Document Type: Journal Paper


A procedure for obtaining minimum weight of plastic designed, rigid jointed steel frames, is presented and beam-column interaction is considered. Zonal linearization of the nonlinear relationship between unit weight and plastic-moment capacity of standard rolled shapes allows linear programming. Convergence to a minimum-weight design by considering a limited number of feasible solutions is discussed.

Subject Headings: Minimum weight design | Plastic design | Steel frames | Linear functions | Steel beams | Rigid frames | Beam columns | Zoning

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