Reliability of Aluminum Beam-Columns

by Jacques Chapuis, (A.M.ASCE), Consulting Engr.; Lausanne, Switzerland,
Theodore V. Galambos, (F.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Washington Univ., St. Louis, Mo.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 4, Pg. 709-727

Document Type: Journal Paper


A review of reliability computation methods is presented. The strength of aluminum beam-columns is described, taking into account material and cross-sectional properties, initial imperfection and load eccentricity, and comparisons are made to the interaction equation prediction. The reliability of the current aluminum code design criteria for beam-columns is analyzed by different methods. A load and resistance factor design criterion is proposed, and appropriate resistance factors are derived which are a function of the design parameters in order to offer a uniform reliability.

Subject Headings: Load and resistance factor design | Material properties | Aluminum (material) | Beam columns | Strength of materials | Computing in civil engineering | Structural strength | Cross sections

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