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However, the code does not offer any guidelines on what must be the minimum magnitude of the axial force for the member to become a candidate for this check. So, in STAAD, two parameters are available - one called MAIN and another called TMAIN if you wish to bypass this check (TMAIN is available for some codes only). MAIN=1 is for bypassing the slenderness check in compression, and TMAIN=1 is for bypassing the slenderness check in tension.
I set my deflection limit to L/360, but the maximum deflection indicated in the summary of node displacements in PostProcessing shows a deflection of 1.5 inches. Isn't this above the limit that I set?
During steel design per the AISC ASD code, there are two types of deflection checks you can perform with STAAD. They are 1. Check for local deflection. This is usually applicable to members which are connected at both their ends to other members. 2. Check for the relative displacements between the nodes such as for a cantilever beam. LOCAL DEFLECTION is defined as the maximum deflection between the 2 ends of the beam relative to a straight line connecting the 2 ends of that member in its deflected position. If you go to Help - Contents - Technical Reference - Commands and Input Instructions - Printing Section Displacements for Members you will find a diagram indicating this is in figure 5.41. To obtain more information on the difference between the 2 methods of deflection checking, please go to Help - Contents - Technical Reference - American Steel Design - Design Parameters (which comes after Allowables per AISC code) It will bring up section "2.4 Design Parameters"