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# "PLATECAP" --- AXIAL LOAD CAPACITIES FOR SINGLE PLATES

Program Description:
"PLATECAP" is a spreadsheet program written in MS-Excel for the purpose of determining the gross tension
and compression axial load capacities of single plates. The results of the calculations are presented in a
tabular format.
This program is a workbook consisting of two (2) worksheets, described as follows:

Worksheet Name

Description

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This documentation sheet
Determine axial load capacities for single plates

Program Assumptions and Limitations:
1. This program follows the procedures and guidelines of the AISC 9th Edition Allowable Stress (ASD) Manual
(1989).
2. This program assumes that the axial load, tension or compression, is distributed uniformly on the plate
gross cross-section.
3. The user may create "custom" tables by inputing the desired values of plate heights and plate thicknesses.
4. The user may clear contents of any input cells located within tables as desired.
5. Typical use for this program would be for quick analysis of capacity of beam tabs or bracing gusset plates.
6. This program contains “comment boxes” which contain information including explanations of input items, etc.
(Note: presence of a “comment box” is denoted by a “red triangle” in the upper right-hand corner of a cell.
Merely move the mouse pointer to the desired cell to view the contents of that particular "comment box".)

1 415.1 136.0 1425.4 218.6 1134.8 162.5 145.0 648.0 486.5 315.1 230.9 443.6 144.9 532.1 72.7 712.7 1262.6 162.5 57.4 777..2 372.8 214.0 194.0 177..8 81.5 113. tp (in.0 283.7 1095.3 558.5 324.5 431.20 Plate Ht.0 291.5 165.1 288.8 81.5 86.8 486.1 194.5 275.2 1 3/4 105.6 340.0 1247.8 2 129.4 510.7 243.2 121.) 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 33 36 3/8 24.8 264.9 2 121.4 1157.5 1217.0 405.0 973.5 511.6 317.60*Fy and Ap = Hp*tp Plate Ht.6 201.7 97.6 291.0 47.2 226.4 117.000 in.0 202.2 324.6 730. tp (in.2 396.9 886.) 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 33 36 3/8 9.4 40.0 110.4 175.0 972.9 620.8 46.8 170.0 267. K= 1.6 129.0 97.0 388.4 97.6 907.4 445.0 583.0 583.9 1460.0 453.6 279.3 852.2 1338.0 550.6 56.0 680.4 243.9 798.4 1 3/4 113.6 503.0 405.5 145.2 324.0 97.4 226.0 680.8 518.2 729.4 325.0 194.9 1064.8 891.2 144.9 975.1 186.3 583.2 453.9 947. Hp (in.9 232.8 340.0 88.4 365.4 359.0 874.0 66.5 38.0 330.2 1020.4 793.1 173.6 302.8 1166.0 777.9 608.6 Gross tension capacity of plate: Rt = Ft*Ap where: Ft = 0.1 194.4 129.8 156.2 216.5 19.7 647.4 58.6 623.0 777.7 243.6 259.7 39.0 115.4 648.0 57.0 226.3 377.6 259.4 736.6 162.) 1/2 5/8 3/4 7/8 1 1 1/4 1 1/2 19.8 453.2 1036.0 78.0 194.6 567.5 55.5 605.5 437.4 243.8 37.6 518.9 709.0 486.2 64.0 220.6 364.7 841.0 388.8 324.4 648. Hp (in.2 388.8 486.6 Fy = yield stress Lc = unbraced length for compressive buckling K = effective length factor for compression Gross Uniform Tension Capacites for Single Plates (kips) Plate Thickness.0 291.0 354.5 495.2 210.0 440.4 94.7 575.9 97.8 283.0 567.0 1166.6 1555.0 356.2 486.4 113.0 526.0 863.0 266.2 1052.9 453.0 28.5 76.8 259.2 680.5 340.6 567.0 85.5 48.4 259.2 631.2 188.0 810.7 64."PLATECAP.5 534.5 28.8 907.) 1/2 5/8 3/4 7/8 1 1 1/4 1 1/2 32.0 661.3 48.2 388.9 791.0 418.2 388.3 288.3 151.9 Gross Uniform Compression Capacites for Single Plates (kips) Plate Thickness.8 719.3 AXIAL LOAD CAPACITIES FOR SINGLE PLATES Based on Gross Section Loaded Uniformly in Either Tension or Compression per AISC 9th Edition Manual (ASD) N Input: Fy = 36 ksi Lc = 12.xls" Program Version 1.5 93.4 1360.6 72.2 113.6 972.5 234.5 243.4 1296.7 465.9 104.0 1069.3 139.2 Compression (buckling) capacity of plate: Rc = Fa*Ap where: Ap = Hp*tp r = tp/(SQRT(12)) (radius of gyration for minor axis of plate) KL/r = K*Lc/r (slenderness ratio) Cc = SQRT(2*p^2*29000/Fy) If KL/r <= Cc then Fa = (1-(K*Lc/r )^2/(2*Cc^2))*Fy/(5/3+3*(K*Lc/r)/(8*Cc)-(K*Lc/r)^3/(8*Cc^3)) If KL/r > Cc then Fa = 12*p^2*29000/(23*(K*Lc/r)^2) 2 of 2 12/26/2012 5:02 AM .8 170.3 291.7 75.5 385.7 421.5 340.2 121.4 226.1 195.1 346.