Advance Design – Bracing members design according to Eurocode 3
Author: Eng. Victor Seiculescu
, PhD student Advance Design was specifically developed for industry professionals that require a superior solution for the structural analysis and design of Reinforced Concrete and Steel structures according to the latest versions of Eurocodes (EC0, EC1,EC2, EC3 and EC8).Advance Design features include easy modeling, a powerful FEM analysis engine,top-level design wizards, automated post-processing of results and automated reports. Achieve a new level of computer-assisted engineering with Advance Design!
The goal of this article is to present the efficiency of automatic calculus (done with Advance Design) insteadof manual calculus for verifying the bracing members against buckling. Automatic calculus is done for a multi-story steel concentrically braced frame building subjected to seismic action according to Romanian SeismicCode (P100-1/2006). In this structure the most solicited bracing member is studied. The verification resultsobtained through automatic calculus are in good agreement with manual calculus.
General information about steel concentrically braced frames
The most commonly used configurations of Steel Concentrically Braced Frames (CBF) are illustrated inFigure 1.
b c de f g h
: According to P100-1/2006 (Romanian seismic design code), K bracings, in which the diagonals intersection lies on a column (see case
), are not allowed.
Figure 1: Vertical bracing