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International Codes
British Codes - Design Per British Cold Formed Steel Code
2E.4 Design Equations
Tensile Strength
The allowable tensile strength, as calculated in STAAD as per BS5950-5, section 7 is
described below.
The tensile strength, P t of the member should be determined from clause 7.2.1
Where
Ae
py

is the net area An determined in accordance with cl.3.5.4


is the design strength

Combined bending and tension


As per clause 7.3 of BS 5950-5:1998 members subjected to both axial tension and
bending should be proportioned such that the following relationships are satisfied at the
ultimate limit state

And

and
1
Where
Ft
Pt

is the applies tensile strength


is the tensile capacity determined in accordance with clause 7.2.1 of the subject
code
M z ,M y ,M cz ,M cy are as defined in clause 6.4.2 of the subject code
Compressive Strength
The allowable Compressive strength, as calculated in STAAD as per BS5950-5, section 6

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is described below.
For sections symmetrical about both principal axes orclosed cross-sections which are not
subjected to torsionalflexural buckling, the buckling resistance under axial load, Pc, may
be obtained from the following equation as per clause 6.2.3 of the subject code

For Sections symmetrical about a single axis and which are not subject to torsional
flexural buckling, the buckling resistance under axial load, Pc, may be obtained from the
following equation as per clause 6.2.4 of the subject code

Where the meanings of the symbols used are indicated in the subject clauses.
Torsional flexural buckling
Design of the memberswhich have at least one axis of symmetry, and which are subject to
torsional flexural buckling should be done according to the stipulations of the clause
6.3.2 using factored slenderness ratio aL E /r in place of actual slenderness ratio while
reading Table 10 for the value of Compressive strength(p c ).
Where

= 1 , otherwise
Where the meanings of the symbols used are indicated in the subject clause.
Combined bending and compression
Members subjected to both axial compression and bending should be checked for local
capacity and overall buckling
Local capacity check as per clause 6.4.2 of the subject code

Overall buckling check as per clause 6.4.3 of the subject code


For Beams not subjected to lateral buckling, the following relationship should be satisfied

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For Beams subjected to lateral buckling, the following relationship should be satisfied

Fc
P cs
Mz
My
M cz

is the applied axial load


is the short strut capacity as per clause 6.2.3
is the applied bending moment about z axis
is the applied bending moment about y axis
is the moment capacity in bending about the local Z axis in the absence of F c and
M y , as per clause 5.2.2 and 5.6
M cy
is the moment capacity in bending about the local Y axis, in the absence of F c
and M z ,as per clause 5.2.2 and 5.6

Mb
P Ez
P Ey
C bz ,C by

is the lateral buckling resistance moment as per clause 5.6.2


is the flexural buckling load in compression for bending about the local Z axis
is the flexural buckling load in compression for bending about the local Y axis
are taken as unity unless their values are specified by the user

The Mcz, Mcy and Mb are calculated from clause numbers 5.2.2 and 5.6 in the manner
described hereinbelow.
Calculation of moment capacities
For restrained beams, the applied moment based on factored loads should not be greater
then the bending moment resistance of the section, M c
Mcz = SzzX po
Mcy = Syy X po

Where
is the Moment resistance of the section in z axis
M cz
M cz
is the Moment resistance of the section in z axis
po
is the limiting stress for bending elements under stress gradient and should not
greater then design strength p y
For unrestrained beams the applied moment based on factored loads should not be greater

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than the smaller of the bending moment resistance of the section , M c , and the buckling
resistance moment of the beam, M b
Then buckling resistance moment, M b, may be calculated as follows

MY

is the yield moment of the section , product of design strength p y and elastic
modules of the gross section with respect to the compression flange Zc
ME
is the elastic lateral buckling resistance as per clause 5.6.2.2

is the Perry coefficient

Please refer clause numbers 5.2.2 and 5.6 of the subject code for a detailed discussion
regarding the parameters used in the abovementioned equations.
Shear Strength
The maximum shear stress should not be greater then 0.7 p y as per

clause 5.4.2

The average shear stress should not exceed the lesser of the shear yield strength, p v or the
shear buckling strength, q cr as stipulated in clause 5.4.3 of the subject code.
The parameters are calculated as follows :pv = 0.6 X p y

Pv= A*Min(pv,qcr)
Where
Pv
py
t
D

is the shear capacity in N/mm^2


is the design strength in N/mm^2
is the web thickness in mm
is the web depth in mm

Combined bending and Shear


For beam webs subjected to both bending and shear stresses the member should be
designed to satisfy the following relationship as per the stipulations of clause 5.5.2 of the
subject code

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Where
Fv
M
Mc

is the shear force


is the bending moment acting at the same section as F v
is the moment capacity determined in accordance with 5.2.2

The next table contains the input parameters for specifying values of design variables and selection of
design options.

BRITISH COLD FORMED STEEL DESIGN PARAMETERS


Parameter Name

BEAM

Default Value

Description

1.0

When this parameter is set


to 1.0 (default), the
adequacy of the member
is determined by checking
a total of 13 equally
spaced locations along the
length of the member. If
the BEAM value is 0.0, the
13 location check is not
conducted, and instead,
checking is done only at
the locations specified by
the SECTION command
(See STAAD manual for
details. For TRUSS
members only start and
end locations are
designed.

CMZ

1.0

Coefficient of equivalent
uniform bending Cb. See
BS:5950-5:1998,5.6. Used
for Combined axial load
and bending design.

CMY

1.0

Coefficient of equivalent
uniform bending Cb. See
BS:5950-5:1998,5.6. Used
for Combined axial load

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and bending design.


CWY

1.0

Specifies whether the cold


work of forming
strengthening effect
should be included in
resistance computation.
See BS:5950-5:1998,3.4
Values: 0 effect should
not be included
1 effect should
be included

FLX

Specifies whether
torsional-flexural buckling
restraint is provided or is
not necessary for the
member. See BS:59505:1998, 5.6
Values:
0 Section not subject to
torsional flexural
buckling
1 Section subject to
torsional flexural buckling

FU
FYLD

KX

430 MPa

Ultimate tensile strength of


steel in current units.

250 Yield strength of steel in current units.


MPa
1.0

Effective length factor for torsional buckling. It is a fraction


and is unit-less. Values can range from 0.01 (for a column
completely prevented from buckling) to any user specified
large value. It is used to compute the KL/R ratio for twisting
for determining the capacity in axial compression.

KY

1.0

Effective length factor for overall buckling about the local Yaxis. It is a fraction and is unit-less. Values can range from
0.01 (for a column completely prevented from buckling) to any
user specified large value. It is used to compute the KL/R
ratio for determining the capacity in axial compression.

KZ

1.0

Effective length factor for overall buckling in the local Z-axis. It


is a fraction and is unit-less. Values can range from 0.01 (for
a member completely prevented from buckling) to any user
specified large value. It is used to compute the KL/R ratio for
determining the capacity in axial compression.

LX

Member Unbraced length for twisting. It is input in the current units of

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length length. Values can range from 0.01 (for a member completely
prevented from torsional buckling) to any user specified large
value. It is used to compute the KL/R ratio for twisting for
determining the capacity in axial compression.
LY

Member Effective length for overall buckling in the local Y-axis. It is


length input in the current units of length. Values can range from
0.01 (for a member completely prevented from buckling) to
any user specified large value. It is used to compute the KL/R
ratio for determining the capacity in axial compression.

LZ

Member Effective length for overall buckling in the local Z-axis. It is


length input in the current units of length. Values can range from
0.01 (for a member completely prevented from buckling) to
any user specified large value. It is used to compute the KL/R
ratio for determining the capacity in axial compression.

MAIN

0 Check slenderness ratio


0 Do not check slenderness ratio

NSF
DMAX
RATIO
TRACK

1.0

Net section factor for tension members

2540.0
Maximum allowable depth. It is input in the current units of
cm.
length.
1.0
0

Permissible ratio of actual to allowable stresses


This parameter is used to control the level of detail in which
the design output is reported in the output file. The allowable
values are:
0 - Prints only the member number, section name, ratio, and
PASS/FAIL status.
1 - Prints the design summary in addition to that printed by
TRACK 1
2 - Prints member and material properties in addition to that
printed by TRACK 2.

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