Eccentrically Loaded Columns

by Alexander Chajes, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 2, Pg. 493-498

Document Type: Journal Paper


If an eccentrically loaded column is stressed beyond the proportional limit, the stress-strain relation varies in a complex manner from point to point in the member. Since a rigorous analysis is extremely difficult, an approximate solution of the load-deflection curve is presented. It is based on two assumptions: 1) the column axis deflects in a half sine wave, and 2) the stress varies linearly across the section. This method is best suited for wide flange shapes bent about the major axis of symmetry.

Subject Headings: Load factors | Columns | Stress strain relations | Displacement (mechanics) | Curvature | Linear functions | Flanges | Bents (structural)

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