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# CSE30310 Tutorial and Assignment #5 Design of columns

Tutorials:
Q1. A short, braced column is subjected to an ultimate applied axial load of 3000kN and a nominal
moment only. Using the design data given:
1. Check that the column is short;
2. Determine the required area of main reinforcement; and
Given:
Characteristic concrete strength fcu = 40N/mm2.
Characteristic strength of main steel fy = 460N/mm2.
Width of column b=350 mm
Depth of column h = 375 mm
Clear height between the end restraints about both axis = 5.0 m
End condition at the top of the column for x-x axis = 1
End condition at the top of the column for y-y axis = 2
End condition at the bottom of the column for x-x axis = 3
End condition at the bottom of the column for y-y axis = 3

Q2. Design the longitudinal reinforcement for the 500 by 300 mm column section if N = 2300 kN, Mx-x =
300 kNm and My-y = 120kNm.
Given:
Characteristic concrete strength fcu = 40 N/mm2.
Characteristic strength of main steel fy = 460 N/mm2.
The column interaction design Chart No.39 is attached.

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Assignments:
Q3. Use the simplified method of HK2013 to design the longitudinal reinforcement for the braced slender
column as shown below, for bi-axial bending. The columns effective lengths about both axes are 6.5 m.
Given:
Characteristic concrete strength fcu = 40N/mm2.
Characteristic strength of main steel fy = 460N/mm2.
Axial load N=2500 kN; double curvature bending moments:
Support 1 - M1x=200 kNm, M1y=100 kNm;
Support 2 - M2x=250 kNm, M2y=120 kNm.

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Q4. Figure Q4 shows a square short column with the dimensions of 600 mm by 600 mm and reinforced
with T32 bars. Consider a 45 mm cover to main steel reinforcement and assume that the characteristic
material strengths are fy = 460 N/mm2 for steel and fcu = 30 N/mm2 for concrete.
(1) Estimate the axial load-carrying capacity (Na) of the column assuming there is no bending and a nominal
eccentricity.
(2) The column is now subjected to equal biaxial bending (the moment about x-x axis is equal to the
moment about y-y axis). Under an axial load of Na/2, calculate the maximum moment the column can
safely resist.

Fig.Q4