# Module 10

Compression Members
Version 2 CE IIT, Kharagpur

Kharagpur .Lesson 26 Short Compression Members under Axial Load with Biaxial Bending Version 2 CE IIT.

has been explained with the help of illustrative examples in this lesson. 10.1 Introduction Beams and girders transfer their end moments into the corner columns of a building frame in two perpendicular planes. simplified method. Kharagpur . identify the load contour and interaction curves of Pu-Mu in a interaction surface. Thereafter.Instructional Objectives: At the end of this lesson. such columns are designed considering axial load with biaxial bending. as recommended by IS 456. understand the concept of interaction surface. Accordingly. apply the IS code method in designing and analysing the reinforced concrete short columns under axial load and biaxial bending. mention the limitation of direct application of the interaction surface in solving the problems. Version 2 CE IIT. the student should be able to: • • • • • • understand the behaviour of short columns under axial load and biaxial bending. explain the simplified method of design and analysis of short columns under axial load and biaxial bending. Interior columns may also have biaxial moments if the layout of the columns is irregular. This lesson presents a brief theoretical analysis of these columns and explains the difficulties to apply the theory for the design.26.

10.26. Figure 10. Kharagpur .2 Biaxial Bending Figures 10.1c Version 2 CE IIT. respectively.26.26.1a and b present column section under axial load and uniaxial bending about the principal axes x and y.

10. Version 2 CE IIT.25.1a (for ex) and Fig.1c).26. therefore. it is extremely laborious to find the location of the neutral axis with successive trials.25.56) and the resultant Mu is acting about an inclined axis.10. However. respectively. The eccentricities ex and ey of Fig. Kharagpur . Moreover.26. the neutral axis is not parallel to the resultant axis of bending ( θ is not equal to λ in Fig. respectively.10. Thus.10.10. respectively.10. The reinforced concrete column cross-sections are. nonaxisymmetric with reference to the longitudinal axis and. In such a situation. the biaxial bending can be simplified to a uniaxial bending with the neutral axis parallel to the resultant axis of bending.26. failure strain profile and stress block can be drawn for a given location of the neutral axis. so that tan θ = ex/ey = Muy/Mux (10. we can write: 2 2 M u = ( M ux + M uy )1 / 2 (10. the biaxial bending case (case c) is the resultant of two uniaxial bending cases a and b. in general.1d and e present the strain profile and stress block.26.1c. Figs.26. Muy and Mu.57) the angle of inclination θ is measured from y axis.1b (for ey). can be written as (see Fig.presents the column section under axial load and biaxial bending. b and c by Mux.55) Designating the moments of cases a.10. of the section shown in Fig. This inclined resultant axis shall also be the principal axis if the column section including the reinforcing bars is axisymmetric.1c): 2 2 e = (e x + e y ) 1 / 2 (10. therefore. The resultant eccentricity e.1c are the same as those of Fig.

2 can be visualised as a three-dimensional plot of Pu-MuxMuy.10. is for the column under biaxial bending shown in Fig.10.10.26. when Pu = Puz. Extending the same in the three-dimensional figure of interaction surface. Since Pu is changing in the direction of z. Kharagpur .57. The envelope of several interaction curves for different axes will generate the surface. known as interaction surface. It has been explained in Lesson 24 that a column subjected to a pair of P and M will be safe if their respective values are less than Pu and Mu. Muy and Mux is safe if the set of values lies within the surface.26.1c.10.3 Interaction Surface Figure 10.2.26. Version 2 CE IIT. respectively. respectively. given by its interaction curve.10.1a and b.26. The corresponding axis of bending is making an angle θ with the y axis and satisfies Eq. it is also acceptable that a column subjected to a set of Pu. The interaction curve marked as case (c) in Fig. let us designate the moments and axial loads as mentioned below: Muxz = design flexural strength with respect to major axis xx under biaxial loading. wherein two two-dimensional plots of Pu-Muy and Pu-Mus are marked as case (a) and case (b).26. These two plots are the interaction curves for the columns of Figs.

expressed in non-dimensional form is: ( M ux / M ux1 )α n + ( M uy / M uy1 )α n ≤ 1 (10.26.75 fy Asc = 0.26.IS 456 recommends the following simplified method. as explained earlier (Fig.10.26. (Fig.45 Ag + (0. and Asc = total area of steel in the section Muxz. Mux1 and Muy1 are explained in sec.2).58 defines the shape of the load contour. based on Bresler's formulation. The relationship between Muxz and Muyz for a particular value of Pu = Puz. where Puz = 0.59) where Ag = gross area of the section. for the design of biaxially loaded columns. and α n is related to Pu/Puz.10. That is why the method is also known as "Load Contour Method".58 is a constant which defines the shape of the load Version 2 CE IIT. Kharagpur . whereas Mux1. Equation 10. Muy1 and Puz are the capacities of the column section to be considered for the design.45 fck Ac + 0.10.0.45 fck) Asc (10.3). The exponent α n of Eq. Muy and Pu are due to external loadings applied on the structure and are available from the analysis.75 fy .10.58) where Mux and Muy = moments about x and y axes due to design loads.3 earlier. It is worth mentioning that the quantities Mux. Muyz.

26. when Pu/Puz ≤ 0.0.8 (10.4 of IS 456. when 0. when (Pu/Puz) ≥ 0.10. Pillai and Menon (Ref.24. in that case. the load contour is approximated as a quadrant of a circle.25. these data are available in the analysis type of problems. when α n = 2.5.67 Pu/Puz. The only difference between the design and analysis type of problems is that a trial section has to be assumed including the percentage of longitudinal reinforcement in the design problems.26. as discussed in sec. the relevant steps are given for the solution of the two types of problems. as stipulated in cl. No. for high values of axial load. otherwise.67 + 1. Therefore. for both types of problems. However. can be employed to solve both the design and analysis types of problems. (a) Selection of trial section for the design type of problems As mentioned in sec. Thus.26.2(i) of Lesson 24.2 α n = 0. a guide line is given in this section for assuming the percentage of longitudinal reinforcement for the design problem.8 α n = 2. Mux. Kharagpur .3 presents the relationship between α n and Pu/Puz. Chart 64 of SP-16 presents the load contour and Fig. Version 2 CE IIT. On the other hand. the preliminary dimensions are already assumed during the analysis of structure (mostly statically indeterminate).60) 10.contour and depends on the value of Pu. Muy.15) ( M ux + M uy )1 / 2 (10. it should be with respect to the minor principal axis. Further. For intermediate load values. α n = 1. The mathematical relationship between α n and Pu/Puz is as follows: α n = 1. the eccentricities of loads are to be verified if they are more than the corresponding minimum eccentricities. fck and fy.2 < (Pu/Puz) < 0. For low value of the axial load. the value of α n lies between 1 and 2.10. if Mux ≥ Muy.0.61) as the uniaxial moment for the trial section with respect to the major principal axis xx.10. Thereafter. the load contour is approximated as a straight line and. 4) suggested a simple way of considering a moment of approximately 15 per cent in excess (lower percentage up to 5 per cent if Pu/Puz is relatively high) of the resultant moment 2 2 M u = (1. the percentage of longitudinal steel is the one parameter to be assumed from the given Pu.6 Solution of Problems using IS Code Method The IS code method.

which is to be done as explained in (a) above.3 from the assumed b and D and given l. Mux and Muy. (10. Version 2 CE IIT. (iv) Determination of Puz and α n The values of Puz and α n can be determined from Eqs. (ii) Assuming a trial section including longitudinal reinforcement This step is needed only for the design type of problem.10. (c) Steps for the solution of problems The following are the steps for the solution of both analysis and design types of problems while employing the method recommended by IS 456. corresponding to the given Pu. they are given below as a ready reference.10. Puz can be obtained from Chart 63 of SP-16. least lateral dimension and larger lateral dimension. Mux1 and Muy1. exmin ≥ greater of (l/500 + b/30) or 20 mm ….4 of IS 256 stipulates the amounts of the minimum eccentricities and are given in Eq.59 and 10.3) eymin ≥ greater of (l/500 + D/30) or 20 mm where l. (i) Verification of eccentricities It is to be done determining ex = Mux/Pu and ey = Muy/Pu from the given data of Pu.10. b and D are the unsupported length. Redesign of the section should be done if the above are not satisfied for the design type of problem only. it is sufficient to ensure that the eccentricity exceeding the minimum value about one axis at a time. (iii) Determination of Mux1 and Muy1 Use of design charts should be made for this.10. respectively. respectively.3 of sec. The clause further stipulates that for the biaxial bending. Kharagpur .21.11 of Lesson 21.60. (b) Checking the eccentricities ex and ey for the minimum eccentricities Clause 25. should be significantly greater than Mux and Muy. and exmin and eymin from Eq. However. Alternatively.The reinforcement should be assumed to be distributed equally on four sides of the section. respectively.

the minimum eccentricities are: exmin = greater of (3200/500 + 400/30) and 20 mm = 19.10. b = 400 mm and D = 500 mm.3 of sec.73 mm or 20 mm = 20 mm Version 2 CE IIT.10.7 Illustrative Example Problem 1: Design the reinforcement to be provided in the short column of Fig.26.58 or using Chart 64 of SP-16. Solution 1: Step 1: Verification of the eccentricities Given: l = 3200 mm. Kharagpur . we have from Eq.26. 10. Mux = 130 kNm (about the major principal axis) and Muy = 120 kNm (about the minor principal axis).2 m. width b = 400 mm and depth D = 500 mm.4 is subjected to Pu = 2000 kN.6b.10. The unsupported length of the column is 3.(v) Checking the adequacy of the section This is done either using Eq. Use M 25 and Fe 415 for the design.10.26.

So. we get Mux1/fckbD2 from chart corresponding to d' = 58 mm (Fig.59. respectively.07538 in step 2.7 kN. Provide 12-20 mm diameter bars of area 3769 mm2. So.26. we Pu/fckbD = 2000(103)/(25)(400)(500) = 0.0944(25)(400)(500(500)(10-6) = 226. For Mux1.07538..e. respectively.12. Step 3: Determination of Mux1 and Muy1 We have Pu/fckbD = 0. p = 0. d'/D = 0.116.5 per cent.456(106)/(25)(400)(500)(500) = 0.09044.10. For the reinforcement.4 and p/fck = 0. Mux1 = 0. As Mux1 and Muy1 are significantly greater than Mux and Muy. from Eq.45(25)(400)(500) + {0. Step 4: Determination of Puz and α n From Eq. and get Mux1/fckbD2 = 0. we have d'/D = 0. we have ex = Mux/Pu = 130(106)/2000(103) = 65 mm and ey = Muy/Pu = 120(106)/2000(103) = 60 mm. Step 2: Assuming a trial section including the reinforcement We have b = 400 mm and D = 500 mm.145. Now.eymin = greater of (3200/500 + 500/30) and 20 mm = 23.15 ( M ux + M uy )1 / 2 .4) i.6 kNm.4 Mu/fckbD2 = 203. Kharagpur .06. Mu get Version 2 CE IIT.0858(25)(400)(400)(500)(10-6) = 171. p/fck = 0. we get Muy1 = 0.456 kNm. actual p provided = 1. In a similar manner.0814 Assuming d' = 60 mm.06(25) = 1.8845 per cent. From Charts 44 and 45.45(25)}(3769) = 3380.10.61 becomes 203.1 kNm. d'/b = 58/400 = 0. Both ex and ey are greater than exmin and eymin.75(415) 0.07 mm Again from Pu = 2000 kN. Accordingly. redesign of the section is not needed. the value of p/fck is interpolated as 0. we have Puz = 0. Mux = 130 kNm and Muy = 120 kNm.07 mm or 20 mm = 23. 2 2 = 1.10. Thus. giving Asc = 3000 mm2. We interpolate the values of Charts 44 and 45.

8. 19.e. i.3 kN is hardly 0.10.10.57 per cent. Alternatively.10. Mux1.1)1.67 (Pu/Puz) = 1. From the upper section of Chart 63. which is due to the error in reading the value from the chart.58. α n = 0. A vertical line BC is drawn from B to meet M 25 line at C. the design is safe. However.9521 < 1. Now. a horizontal line CD is drawn from C to meet Puz/Ag at 17. any one of the two may be employed.0.3. α n may be obtained from Fig. Step 5: Checking the adequacy of the section Using the values of Mux.2 < Pu/Puz < 0. Kharagpur .10. 0.5)..67 + 1.658 = 0. which gives. Hence.26. This gives Puz = 17(400)(500) = 3400 kN.7 = 0. Version 2 CE IIT. a horizontal line AB is drawn at p = 1.658. Muy.26.658 + (120/171.8845. The difference between the two values. Muy1 and α n in Eq. Chart 63 may be used to find Puz as explained. Finally.5916.60 for Pu/Puz = 2000/3380. to meet the Fe 415 line B (Fig.Alternatively. drawn to scale.6)1. we have (130/226. the value of α n is obtained from Eq.

See sec.10.8 Practice Questions and Problems with Answers Q. 10. Mux/Mux1 = 0. Discuss the limitation of the interaction curve. Step 6: Design of transverse reinforcement As per cl.10. It may be seen that the point is within the curve of Pu/Puz = 0.10. The spacing of lateral tie is the least of : (a) 400 mm = least lateral dimension of column.26. Explain the safety of a column with reference to the interaction surface when the column is under biaxial bending. Provide 8 mm diameter bars following the arrangement shown in Fig.4).26.10. See sec.2 A.26. Chart 64 may be used to determine the point (Mux/Mux1).4. Kharagpur .5749 and Muy/Muy1 = 0. Version 2 CE IIT.1: Q.26.5916 of Chart 64 of SP-16.5.3 and Fig. (Muy/Muy1) is within the curve of Pu/Puz = 0.2: Q.26. (c) 300 mm Accordingly. See sec.6993.26.2: Draw one interaction surface for a short column under biaxial bending and show typical interaction curves and load contour curve.4: A.3: Q.Alternatively. 10. A.3.26.26. Here.4. provide 8 mm lateral tie alternately @ 250 c/c (Fig.26.5. (b) 320 mm = sixteen times the diameter of longitudinal reinforcement (20 mm).2c of IS 456.4: See sec.2. the diameter of lateral tie should be > (20/4) mm diameter.3: A.1: Explain the behaviour of a short column under biaxial bending as the resultant of two uniaxial bending.5916 or not.10.10. Illustrate the IS code method of design of columns under biaxial bending.

4 > 20 mm. b = 450 mm. so. A.5 mm So. Use M 25 and Fe 415.Q. exmin = 3200/500 + 450/30 = 21.26.06 > 20 mm. having 12-16 mm diameter bars as longitudinal reinforcement and 8 mm diameter bars as lateral tie @ 250 mm c/c. when subjected to Pu = 1600 kN.2 m.6. Mux = 120 kNm and Muy = 100 kNm.5: Step 1: Verification of the eccentricities From the given data: l = 3200 mm. Kharagpur . the eccentricities ex and ey are >> exmin and eymin. 23. so.06 mm ex = Mux/Pu = 120(103)/1600 = 75 mm ey = Muy/Pu = 100(103)/1600 = 62. Step 2: Determination of Mux1 and Muy1 Version 2 CE IIT. as shown in Fig.4 mm eymin = 3200/500 + 5000/30 = 23.10. 21. b = 450 mm and D = 500 mm. D = 500 mm.5: Analyse the safety of the short column of unsupported length 3.

59.C.491574) = 1. (100/215.67(Pu/Puz) = 0. 3.156 kNm Step 3: Determination of Puz and α n From Eq. fy = 415 N/mm . 2 We have p = (100)(2412)/(450)(500) = 1.0876. 2. 2003. Pu = 1600 kN. we have: (120/246.156)1.75(415) .08) from Charts 44 and 45.09 and 0. We get Mux1/fckbD2 from Charts 44 and 45 as 0.9 References 1. 2002.C. Muy = 100 kNm and Asc = 2412 mm2 (1216 mm diameter bars).112 as 0.072 per cent. 2002.10.58.112. Mux1 = (0. Prentice-Hall of India Pvt. New Delhi. Kharagpur .. Prentice-Hall of India Pvt. Jain. This gives Pu/Puz = 1600/3254. Step 4: Checking the adequacy of the section From Eq. Mux = 120 kNm and Muy = 100 kNm. by Ashok K.2844 and p/fck = 1. α n = 0.4909. New Delhi. Limit State Design of Reinforced Concrete. Puz = 0.. respectively.Varghese.45(25)}(2412) = 3254. we get Muy1/fckdb2 = 0.85 = 0.043. interpolation of values (0.0876)(25)(450)(500)(500) = 246.10. and d'/D = 56/500 = 0. Reinforced Concrete Limit State Design. 2001.0. Ltd. Mux = 120 kNm.4909 + 0.45(25)(450)(500) + {0. Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design. the section is safe to carry Pu = 1600 kN. Thus Muy1 = (0.09 and 0.124.67 + 1. Roorkee. D = 500 mm.085 for d'/b = 0.Unnikrishna Pillai and Devdas Menon. 4.4909 = Hence. by P.60.26. Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing Company Limited.6612 < 1. by P. Version 2 CE IIT. New Delhi. Reinforced Concrete Design. d'/b = 56/450 = 0.08.85 kN.072/25 = 0. fck = 25 N/mm2.67 + 1. From Eq. Pu/fckbD = 1600/(25)(450)(500) = 0. 2nd Edition.376)1.491574. by S. 2nd Edition. 10. 6th Edition.124. Ltd. Nem Chand & Bros.10. Thus.Given data are: b = 450 mm.085)(25)(500)(450)(450) = 215.Varghese.67(0. Linear interpolation gives Mux1/fckbD2 for d'/D = 0.376 kNm Similarly.

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67 mm ex = 160(103)/1800 = 88.1: Analyse the safety of the short square column of unsupported length = 3. Version 2 CE IIT.10. b = D = 500 mm.7.5 m.26. A. we have emin in both directions (square column) = (3500/500) + (500/30) = 23. with 12-16 mm diameter bars as longitudinal reinforcement and 8 mm diameter bars as lateral tie @ 250 mm c/c.TQ. ex and ey >> emin. b = D = 500 mm.TQ.1: Step 1: Verification of the eccentricities From the given data: l = 3500 mm. Kharagpur . Mux = 160 kNm and Muy = 150 kNm.34 mm Therefore.88 mm and ey = 150(103)/1800 = 83. as shown in Fig. when subjected to Pu = 1800 kN.

1 kN. The design and analysis of short columns are also explained with the help of derived equations and design charts of SP-16.67(0.10.58. we have: (160/250)1.509) = 1. Muy = 150 kNm and Asc = 2412 mm2 (12-16 mm diameter bars). Thus.45(25)}(2415) = 3536.52 + (150/250)1.112 and p/fck = 0. Puz = 0. Linear interpolation of values of Mux1/fckbD2 from Charts 44 and 45 for d'/D = 0.52. 10. The interaction surface has a set of interaction curves of Pu-Mu and another set of interaction curves of Muxz-Muyz at constant Puz.08.112 is obtained as 0. Mux = 160 kNm. α n = 0. practice problems and test will help in understanding the application of the theory in solving the analysis and design types of problems of short columns under axial load and biaxial bending.10.26.9648/25 = 0. also known as load contour. the section can carry Pu = 1800 kN.Step 2: Determination of Mux1 and Muy1 We have the given data: b = D = 500 mm.967 < 1.60.08)(25)(500)(500)(500) = 250 kNm Muy1 = Mux1 = 250 kNm (square column) Step 3: Determination of Puz and α n From Eq.0. Pu/Puz = 1800/3536. From Eq.45(25)(500)(500) + {0.509.03859. Mux1 = (0.75(415) .52 = 0.67 + 1. Kharagpur .10.59. Step 4: Checking the adequacy of the section From Eq. Version 2 CE IIT. Pu = 1800 kN. Mux = 160 kNm and Muy = 150 kNm. Hence. fck = 25 N/mm2.9648 per cent. Numerical examples in the illustrative example. The percentage of longitudinal reinforcement p = 241200/(500)(500) = 0.11 Summary of this Lesson This lesson explains the behaviour of short columns under axial load and biaxial bending with the help of interaction surface.1 = 0. fy = 415 N/mm2. visualised as a three-dimensional plot of Pu-Mux-Muy. and d'/D = 56/500 = 0.