Simplified Steel Compression Member Design

by William J. Rasdorf, North Carolina State Univ, Raleigh, NC, USA,
Stacey L. High, North Carolina State Univ, Raleigh, NC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dynamics of Structures


The objective of this paper is to present a simplified method of designing steel columns subjected to axial loads and moments for use in situations where automated design methods are inappropriate. Steel column design is based on the interaction equations of the AISC Specification. The modified interaction equations and the tabulated parameters constitute the results of this study. They are the physical tools that enable a designer to rapidly select initial steel column sections to satisfy design requirements and specification constraints. The analysis confirms that these tools can realistically and accurately be determined.

Subject Headings: Steel | Compression members | Axial loads | Structural design | Steel columns | Beam columns | Biaxial loads | Moment (mechanics)

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