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# STEEL DESIGN PRACTICE PROBLEMS

SITUATION I
A plate with width of 300 mm and thickness of 20 mm is to be connected to two
plates of the same width with half the thickness by 25 mm diameter rivets as
shown. The rivet holes have a diameter 2 mm larger that the rivet diameter. The
plate is A36 steel with yield strength F y = 248 MPa, allowable tensile stress of
0.60Fy and allowable bearing stress of 1.35Fy. The rivets are A502, Grade 2, hot
driven rivets with allowable shear stress of 150 MPa.

7.) Which of the following most nearly gives the critical net area of the section?
A. 4125 sq. mm. C. 5625 sq. mm.
B. 4625 sq. mm. D. 5125 sq. mm.

SITUATION IV
The angular section is welded to a 12 mm gusset plate. Both materials are A36
1.) Which of the following most nearly gives the maximum load, in kN that can steel with Fy = 248 MPa. The allowable tensile stress is 0.6Fy. The weld is E80
be applied to the connection without exceeding the allowable tensile stress in the electrode with Fu = 550 MPa. Allowable shearing stress for the weld is 0.3F u.
plates: Properties of L 150 X 90 X 12:
A. 750 C. 700 Area = 2751 mm2
B. 780 D. 730 B = 90 mm
y = 51 mm
2.) Which of the following most nearly gives the maximum load, in kN, that can t = 12 mm
be applied to the connection without exceeding the allowable shear stress in H = 150 mm
rivets:
A. 640 C. 550
B. 590 D. 700

3.) Which of the following most nearly gives the maximum load, in kN, that can
be applied to the connection without exceeding the allowable bearing stress
between the plate and the rivets:
A. 670 C. 620
B. 650 D. 700
8.) Which of the following gives the value of a + b in mm
SITUATION II A. 267 C. 432
A steel hanger consists of a plate 125 mm x 6 mm held at the top of by 20-mm B. 395 D. 351
rivets in single shear. The rivets are arranged in diamond from so that the first
net section has one hole and the second net section has two holes. Allowable 9.) Which of the following gives the value of b in mm
stresses are 110 MPa for tension in plates, 83 MPa for shear on rivets, and 165 A. 267 C. 187
MPa for bearing between the rivets and the plate. Hole diameter is 3 mm larger B. 232 D. 298
than the rivet diameter.

4.) Which of the following most nearly gives the load on the hanger so that the 10.) Which of the following gives the value of P in kN?
allowable tensile stress in the plates will not be exceeded? A. 409 C. 567
A. 67.32 kN C. 58.17 kN B. 436 D. 365
B. 72.14 kN D. 92.56 Kn
SITUATION V
5.) Which of the following most nearly gives the load on the hanger so that the It is desired to determine the plastic moment of each of the loaded beam shown.
allowable shearing stress in the rivets will not be exceeded?
A. 152 kN C. 98 kN
B. 104 kN D. 125 kN

6.) Which of the following most nearly gives the load on the hanger so that the
allowable bearing stress will not be exceeded?
A. 65.4 kN C. 45.2 kN
B. 85.7 kN D. 79.2 kN

SITUATION III
A steel plate is 360 mm wide and 20 mm thick with four bolt holes cut into a
plate as shown in the figure. The general expression for the specification method
for computing the net area is: 11.) Which of the following gives the plastic moment for Figure ST-19A in kN-m?
2 A. 45 C. 25
s B. 35 D. 30
4g 12.) Which of the following gives the plastic moment for Figure ST-19B in kN-m?
(t) A. 37.5 C. 35.5
B. 39.5 D. 32.5
A n= A g (hole dia x t )+
13.) Which of the following gives the plastic moment for Figure ST-19C in kN-m?
A. 48.996 C. 42.857
B. 37.452 D. 56.325

SITUATION VI
For the steel section shown:

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SITUATION IX
A W14x500 is used as abeam to support a concrete floor system. The floor is to
carry a total load of 120 kPa. The beam is simply supported over a span of 7 m.
The properties of the section are as follows:
Depth, d = 498 mm
Thickness of web = 56 mm
Moment of Inertia, Ix = 3,417 x 106 mm4
Section modulus, Sx = 13,730 x 103 mm3
Weight = 7.32 kN/m
Assume the beam is laterally supported over its length and that the allowable
bending stress is 0.66Fy and in shear on gross section is 0.4Fy. Use A36 steel
14.) Which of the following most nearly gives the section modulus of the section? with Fy = 250 MPa. Allowable deflection is L/360.
A. 4,900,000 mm3 C. 3,400,000 mm3
B. 4,300,000 mm3 D. 5,100,000 mm3 23.) Which of the following most nearly gives the center-to-center spacing of the
beams without exceeding the allowable shear stress.
15.) Which of the following most nearly gives the plastic section modulus of the A. 7.21 m C. 9.56 m
section? B. 6.53 m D. 8.51 m
A. 5,560,000 mm3 C. 4,550,000 mm3
B. 5,120,000 mm3 D. 6,130,000 mm3 24.) Which of the following most nearly gives the center-to-center spacing of the
16.) Which of the following most nearly gives the shape factor of the section? beams without exceeding the allowable bending stress.
A. 1.8 C. 1.3 A. 2 m C. 3 m
B. 1.1 D. 1.5 B. 2.5 m D. 3.5 m

25.) Which of the following most nearly gives the center-to-center spacing of the
SITUATION VII beams without exceeding the allowable deflection.
The gusset is riveted to a larger plate by four 22-mm rivets arranged and loaded A. 3.48 m C. 2.87 m
as shown. B. 4.21 m D. 6.23 m

SITUATION X
A W27X178 is used as a beam that is simply supported at its ends. The
properties of the section is as follows:
Weight, W = 265.4 kg/m Ix = 2,909,458 x 103 mm4
Area, A = 33,742 mm2 Sx = 8,237.4 x 103 mm3
Depth, d = 706.4 mm rx = 293.64 mm
Web thickness, tw = 18.4 mm Iy = 231,008 x 103 mm4
Flange width, bf = 357.8 mm Sy = 1,291.3 x 103 mm3
Flange thickness, tf = 30.2 mm ry = 82.74 mm
17.) Which of the following most nearly gives the direct load on each rivet in kN. rt = 94.49 mm Fy = 250 MPa
A. 8 C. 12
B. 15 D. 10 26.) Which of the following most nearly gives the allowable bending stress of the
beam over an unsupported length of 4 m?
18.) Which of the following most nearly gives the force in kN on the heavily A. 185 MPa C. 150 MPa
loaded rivet. B. 125 MPa D. 165 MPa
A. 15 C. 12
B. 18 D. 16 27.) Which of the following most nearly gives the allowable bending stress of the
beam over an unsupported length of 7 m?
19.) Which of the following most nearly gives the force in kN on the lightly A. 150 MPa C. 185 MPa
loaded rivet. B. 165 MPa D. 125 MPa
A. 13 C. 11
B. 9 D. 15 28.) Which of the following most nearly gives the allowable bending stress of the
beam over an unsupported length of 9 m?
SITUATION VIII A. 160 MPa C. 140 MPa
For the welded connection shown, the plate is adequate to resist the load. B. 125 MPa D. 155 MPa

29.) Which of the following most nearly gives the allowable bending stress of the
beam over an unsupported length of 12 m?
A. 90 MPa C. 115 MPa
B. 105 MPa D. 130 MPa

SITUATION XI
A column 3 m long and pinned at both ends carries an axial load of 190 kN. The
column is made up of 2 angles of unequal legs with long legs back to back and
separated by a gusset plate whose thickness is 11 mm. Use A36 steel with Fy =
248 MPa and E = 200,000 MPa. Three sections are being considered, as follows,
20.) Which of the following gives the location of the center of gravity of the weld with their respective properties relevant of this problem (length units are in
from A (to the left of A)? meters):
A. 123.5 C. 120.5 Section A rx ry
B. 112.5 D. 115.5 2L 125x75x12 0.00454 0.0390 0.0160
2L 150x90x10 0.00463 0.0480 0.0195
21.) Which of the following gives the twisting moment to be resisted by the weld 2L 150x90x12 0.00550 0.0500 0.0251
in kN-m?
A. 32.12 C. 15.98 30.) Which of the following section gives the largest allowable compressive
B. 28.45 D. 23.63 stress?
A. 2L 125x75x12 C. 2L 150x90x12
22.) Which of the following gives the maximum load on the most stressed weld B. 2L 150x90x10 D. Not enough data
in N/mm?
A. 529 C. 589 31.) Which of the following sections gives the smallest allowable compressive
B. 612 D. 465 stress?
A. 2L 125x75x12 C. 2L 150x90x12

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B. 2L 150x90x10 D. Not enough data
32.) Which of the following sections gives the most economical (lightest) section
A. 2L 125x75x12 C. 2L 150x90x12 SITUATION XV
B. 2L 150x90x10 D. Not enough data A column resisting on a base plate is shown. The column transmits a moment of
78 kN-m to the foundation and the axial load on the column is negligible. The
SITUATION XII moment is transmitted through two angles welded to the column flange, then to
A simply supported beam has a span of 4.5 m. The beam is subjected to an axial two anchor bolts. The weld has an allowable stress of 110 MPa and the allowable
compressive force of 300 kN and a vertical concentrated load (P) acting at stress on the bolt is 150 MPa.
midspan. The member is fully laterally supported for its entire length. The effect
of any bolt holes can be neglected. The beam consists of 2 150 mm x 90 mm
x 12 mm angles, with long legs back-to-back and spaced 10 mm apart. For this
problem, the relevant properties of one 150 mm x 90 mm x12 mm angle are:
Area (A) = 2,751 mm2
Elastic Section Modulus (Sx) = 0.000063 m3
Steel is A36, yield strength (Fy = 248 MPa). The allowable compressive stress Fa
= 0.60Fy and the allowable flexural stress Fb = 0.66Fy. Neglect the member
weight.
33.) Which of the following gives the axial compressive stress in the beam if axial
force existed alone, in MPa?
A. 54.5 C. 48.3
B. 58.9 D. 64.2

## 34.) Which of the following gives the flexural stress in MPa.

A. 145.9 C. 163.7
B. 172.9 D. 152.8 42.) Which of the following most nearly gives the force that will be transmitted
through the anchor bolts in kN?
35.) Which of the following gives the maximum value of the vertical load that the A. 94.8 C. 173.3
member can support in kN? B. 397.1 D. 236.2
A. 15.3 C. 13.9
B. 7.8 D. 11.6 43.) Which of the following most nearly gives the moment acting on the welds in
kN-m?
SITUATION XIII A. 8.67 C. 6.47
A W21x62 steel is used as a beam simply supported over a span of 8 m. The B. 9.26 D. 7.12
beam is laterally unsupported over the entire span. Fy = 250 MPa.
The properties of the section are as follows: 44.) Which of the following most nearly gives the minimum nominal size of the
Depth, H = 533 mm weld in mm?
Flange width, bf = 210 mm A. 5.25 C. 7.21
Flange thickness, tf = 15.6 mm B. 4.48 D. 6.54
Web thickness, tw = 10.2 mm
Radius of gyration, rt = 53.34 mm SITUATION XVI
Section modulus, Sx = 2,077 x 103 mm3 45.) The shear capacity V of a steel wide flange section, 600 mm deep whose
36.) Which of the following gives the value of the ratio L/r t? web thickness is 9 mm, is closest to: (Assume Fy = 200 MPa)
A. 130 C. 170 A. 486 kN C. 432 kN
B. 150 D. 160 B. 864 kN D. 684 kN

37.) Which of the following gives the allowable bending stress in MPa in SITUATION XVII
accordance with the provisions of the NSCP? 46.) A wide flange beam of depth 800 mm carries a total shear of 2000 Kn. If Fy
A. 150 C. 52.01 = 250 MPa, the required web thickness is:
B. 78.21 D. 63.77 A. 20 mm C. 25 mm
B. 30 mm D. 35 mm
38.) Which of the following gives the safe uniform load that the beam can carry
in kN/m? SITUATION XVIII
A. 19.98 C. 16.56 47.) The structural I-beam supporting a floor carries a floor load of 4.6 kN/m 2.
B. 15.21 D. 18.32 The beams span 6 m and are simply supported at their ends. Determine the
centerline spacing if the allowable bending stress in the beam is 120 MPa and
SITUATION XIV the section modulus is 534 x 103 mm3,
A simply supported beam with span of 8 m is subjected to a ccw moment at the A. 3.75 m C. 4.0 m
left support and a counterclockwise moment at the right support equal to 25% of B. 3.45 m D. 3.0 m
the moment at the left support, both acting in the plane of the minor axis of the
beam. The beam is not restrained against lateral buckling. The beam is A36 steel
with Fy = 248 MPa. The properties of the W21x62 beam are as follows: SITUATION XIX
rt = 0.053 m tf = 0.016 m The section of a steel beam is as shown. Use Fy = 250 MPa.
d = 0.533 m Sx = 0.002077 m3
bf = 0.21 m
39.) Which of the following most nearly gives the slenderness ratio, below which
the beam is short with respect to lateral buckling?
A. 65.8 C. 86.3
B. 75.9 D. 95.7

40.) Which of the following most nearly gives the allowable flexural stress in the
compression flange in MPa?
A. 99.9 C. 68.7
B. 86.3 D. 75.4
48.) Which of the following most nearly gives the location of the plastic neutral
41.) Which of the following most nearly gives the maximum value of the moment axis from the bottom of the section in mm?
at the left support in kN-m? A. 95 C. 85
A. 254.7 C. 302.1 B. 90 D. 80
B. 275.8 D. 287.4

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49.) Which of the following most nearly gives the plastic section modulus of the
section in m3?
A. 0.0007 C. 0.0008
B. 0.0006 D. 0.0009

50.) Which of the following most nearly gives the plastic moment capacity of the
section in kN-m?
A. 150 C. 190
B. 170 D. 200

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