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4 Design Parameters

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Indian Codes - Steel Design per IS 800 - 1984
11C.4 Design Parameters
In STAAD implementation of IS:800, the user is allowed complete control of the design process
through the use of design parameters. Available design parameters to be used in conjunction with
IS:800 are listed in Table 7B.1 of this section along with their default values and applicable
restrictions. Users should note that when the TRACK parameter is set to 1.0 and use in
conjunction with this code, allowable bending stresses in compression (FCY & FCZ), tension (FTY &
FTZ), and allowable shear stress (FV) will be printed out in Member Selection and Code Check
output in Mpa. When TRACK is set to 2.0, detailed design output will be provided.
Once a parameter is specified, its value stays at that specified number until it is specified
again. This is the way STAAD works for all codes.
Table 11C.1-Indian Steel Design IS 800:1984 Parameters
Parameter Name

Default Value


Must be specified as INDIAN
Design Code to follow.
See section 5.48.1 of the
Technical Reference Manual.



0.0 = design only for end
moments and those at locations
specified by the SECTION
1.0 = calculate section forces at
twelfth points along the beam,
design at each intermediate
location and report the critical
location where ratio is



0.85 for sidesway
calculated for no

Cm value in local y & z axes

(Mandatory for
deflection check)

"Deflection Length" / Maxm.
allowable local deflection

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chm::/. Memb. PROFILE - Used to search for the lightest section for the profile(s) specified for member selection. this is minor axis. Maximum allowable depth.48. Usually. LY Member Length Length in local y-axis to calculate slenderness ratio. LZ Member Length Same as above except in local z-axis (major).) Allowable Kl/r for slenderness calculations for compression members.. Minimum allowable depth. 8/20/2015 .0 K value in local y-axis.0 Net section factor for tension members. denoting end point for calculation of "Deflection Length" (See Note 1) DMAX 100. See Section 5.4 Design Parameters Page 2 of 4 Parameter Name Default Value Description DJ1 Start Joint of member Joint No.0 cm.. Usually. this is major axis. MAIN 180 (Comp. denoting starting point for calculation of "Deflection Length" (See Note 1) DJ2 End Joint of member Joint No.0 cm. (36.1 of the Technical Reference Manual for details. FYLD 250 MPA Yield strength of steel. KZ 1. NSF 1. DMIN 0.11C. mk:@MSITStore:C:\SProV8i%20SS6\STAAD\Help\International_Codes_2007.0 K value in local z-axis.25 KSI) KY 1.

TMAIN 400 (Tension Memb) Allowable Kl/r for slenderness calculations for tension members. "Deflection Length" is defined as the length that is used for calculation of local deflections within a member. 1.4 Design Parameters Parameter Name Page 3 of 4 Default Value Description RATIO 1.. UNL Member Length Unsupported length for calculating allowable bending stress. the "Deflection Length" may be different. TRACK 0.0 = Print expanded output. 8/20/2015 . (see Fig. If there is deflection check it will also print the governing load case number for deflection check whenever critical condition for design is not DEFLECTION.1 Notes a.4.8B. SSY 0. A straight line joining DJ1 and DJ2 is used as the reference line from which local deflections are measured.. For example.0 = Print all critical member stresses 2.0 Same as above except in local z-axis.11C. 11C.0 = Sidesway in local y-axis. The “Deflection Length” for all three members will be equal to the total mk:@MSITStore:C:\SProV8i%20SS6\STAAD\Help\International_Codes_2007.0 = Suppress critical member stresses 1. However.0 = No sidesway SSZ 0.0 0.0 0. It may be noted that for most cases the "Deflection Length" will be equal to the length of the member.0 Same as above provided as a fraction of actual member length. refer to the figure below where a beam has been modeled using four joints and three members. in some situations.1) UNF 1.0 Permissible ratio of the actual to allowable stresses.chm::/.

. Thus.chm::/. The above parameters may be used in conjunction with other available parameters for steel design. for all three members here. If DJ1 and DJ2 are not used.. DJ1 should be 1 and DJ2 should be 4. mk:@MSITStore:C:\SProV8i%20SS6\STAAD\Help\International_Codes_2007. D = Maximum local deflection for members 1. ALL DJ1 1 ALL DJ2 4 ALL b. 2. PARAMETERS DFF 300. 8/20/2015 . c. and 3.4 Design Parameters Page 4 of 4 length of the beam in this case. "Deflection Length" will default to the member length and local deflections will be measured from original member line. The parameters DJ1 and DJ2 should be used to model this situation.11C.