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INSDAG GUIDE FOR

THE STRUCTURAL USE OF STEELWORK IN BUILDINGS

Compiled by:

Dr. Rangachari Narayanan Dr. V. Kalyanraman

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Although care has been taken to ensure, to the best of our knowledge that all the data and information contained herein are correct to the extent that they relate to either matters of fact or accepted practice or matters of opinion at the time of publication, Institute for Steel Development And Growth (INSDAG) assumes no responsibility for any errors in or mis-interpretations of such data and/or information or any loss or damage arising from or related to their use. __________________________________

US E M O R E S T E EL - T H E P R EF E RR E D M AT ER I A L O F TH E N E W M IL L EN IUM

FOREWARD INSDAG has played a pivotal role over the last few years in propagating the awareness amongst students, faculties of various engineering institutes and experts and professionals from various industries, about the advantages and benefits of usage of steel in the construction sector. It is now being accepted by most engineering professionals both academic and industrial, that the main stumbling block in the development of the steel construction industry in India is the primitiveness of the methods of design adopted by the Indian codes as against the international codes which allow higher flexibility in design approach. The relevant Indian codes of practice (IS: 800-1984 and IS: 801-1975) applicable for hot-rolled and cold-formed steel are based on the "Allowable Stress Design" approach as against the more internationally popular "Limit State Method" approach which has been proved to be technically sound and its use results in optimum economy of the structure.

With the technical contributions from leading academics and professionals, INSDAG has already brought out various publications on the design methodology of steel structures using the Limit State Method of Design (LSM), which have been beneficial to the engineering fraternity in learning the most intricate facets in LSM design.

On request from INSDAG, this publication in the form of a Guide book has been written and compiled by Dr. Rangachari Narayanan and Dr. V. Kalyanraman for the benefit of not only the student community both under-graduate and post graduate level, but also other engineering professionals across the country, since most of the engineering institutions have started including the LSM design in their curriculum and also the engineering professionals need to update themselves with the latest technological advancements. The publication is very timely as it coincides with the revision of IS: 800- 1984, which is at its advanced stage.

The entire book has been reviewed by^Dr. T. K. Bandyopadhyay, Deputy Director General and Mr. Arijit Guha, Manager (Civil & Structural). Comments and suggestions received from a large number of faculty member*, have been incorporated. INSDAG expresses its indebtedness to Dr. R. Narayanan and Dr. V. Kalyanraman, academics and researchers of international experience for agreeing to bring'out this publication. Kolkata: February 2003

BS: 5950 Part -1. ______________________________ . However. this document will be extremely useful to the students of Civil I Structural Engineering to understand the theoretical background associated with advancement in structural steel design based on Limit State Method. this guide book may undergo certain modifications in some chapters after the publication of revised IS: 800 (LSM version) to accommodate the possible variation in stipulations that are likely to be considered in the revised code. Since IS: 800 (Code of Practice for General Construction in Steel) is presently being revised to Limit State version.3 & 4.Special Note The entire document has been written considering Limit State Method of design following stipulations laid down in the relevant British code. 3 & 5 and Eurocode .

D. 11.E: Location of Neutral Axis 168 .182 2-3 4-4 5-15 16 . 16.64 and 66 . 9. 15.CONTENTS Pages 1. 4.65 Portal Frames Multi .169 170-172 173 . General Material General Design Requirements Tension Members Classification of Cross Sections Axially Loaded Columns Design of Members Subjected to Bending Elements Subjected to Axial force and Bending Beams of Hot Rolled Sections Subjectedto 65 .D: An Approximate Method of Torsion Analysis Appendix . 5. E. 2.174 175 .18 19 .139 140 .130 131 .Concrete Composite Columns LIST OF APPENDICES A. 7. 3.153 154 . Appendix . 8. 6.109 110 . 10. 12.21 22-31 32 .180 181 .A: Terminology Appendix.C: Relevant Indian Standards Appendix . C. 13. 14.B : Symbols Appendix . B.167 Torsion .72 73-88 89 .Storey Buildings Connection Design Cold Formed Steel Sections Basic Concepts of Composite Construction Composite Beams and Slabs Steel .58 59 .

relevant to Construction. R. Bandhyopadhyay of INSDAG and Professor A.1985) is based on the Limit State approach but is very limited in its coverage. Canadian. Compared with competing materials of construction. IS: 801 . an up-to-date Resource Material for disseminating the latest Steel Design Technology has been compiled and published in the web site of INSDAG (www. Suggestions and comments aimed at improving this document are welcome. This Design Guide has been complied. Australian and European Codes. is technologically sound and results in significant economies in completed structures. This is of particular advantage.PREFACE The low usage of structural steel in India is attributable in part to the prevailing out-of-date design practices. The technical support provided by two young engineers. when the Government of India. We are also grateful to the many engineers .steel-insdag. as a complementary document and has been drafted after studying the background research work carried out largely in the Western World. This makes the choice of steel in construction an uneconomic proposition. American. Sambasiva Rao and Miss P. (b) organising in-career courses for enhancing the level of competence of practising engineers (c) publishing design guidance documents for disseminating latest Steel Design Technology (d) organising design competitions for encouraging state-of-the art Structural Steel Designs.too numerous to mention who suggested improvements in the drafting stage. In passing.K. Usha in compiling this document is gratefully acknowledged. Dr.1975) applicable to the structural use of hot-rolled and cold-rolled steel are largely based on "Working Stress Method". S. Mr. Ministry of Steel initiated steps to rectify the skills shortage in Steel Construction in 1998. it may be noted that the Indian Codes of Practice applicable to concrete structures have been revised to conform to Limit State Methodology. when the Bureau of Indian Standards eventually decides to revise the Steel Codes. As a part of that initiative.1984. The relevant Indian Codes of Practice (IS: 800 . It is also noted that the Code of Practice for steel-concrete-composite buildings (IS: 11384 .org). This situation posed a challenge. as steel is reusable and environment friendly. besides being inconsistent with IS: 800 and IS: 801 written in Working Stress format. The newly started Institute for Steel Development and Growth (INSDAG) was entrusted with the tasks of (a) improving the teaching standards of Structural Steel Design in Indian Universities. Rangachari Narayanan V. Santhakumar of Anna University had reviewed the document before its publication as a draft. Many of the design specifications contained herein have been adopted from these Western Codes and will hopefully serve as a Draft document. Kalyanaraman 1 . steel framed buildings have significantly better blast and earthquake resistance and take less than half the time to build. The more modern "Limit State Design Approach" developed in the 1970's in the West. T. which led to the latest British. which result in uneconomic designs.

BS: 5950 (various parts). studs. this guide generally follows the provisions contained in British Standard. Symbols .4 1. Form and Weight The dimensions. shall conform to the requirements of appropriate Indian Standards. 1. The guide provides only general advice regarding the various loads to be considered in design.6 2 .Symbols used in this Guide are defined in Appendix B. This guide is in three parts and covers the design of building structures using (i) Hot Rolled Steel section (ii) Cold Rolled Steel sections and (iii) Steel Concrete Composite sections. cranes. chimneys. This document is NOT a statutory document and intended as a guide for students and practicing engineers. It will not apply to bridges. form. etc. tolerances of all rivets.The SI system of units is applicable to this Guide.5 1. storage structures. 1.For the purpose of this Guide. For actual loads to be used reference may be made to IS: 875-1987.2 Terminology . conform to the appropriate Indian Standards. For conversion of system of units to another system. however. It is not intended to replace Codes of Practice.. form. weight. bolts. Standard Dimensions. tubular structures.SECTION 1: GENERAL 1.principles discussed in this guide could be adopted in the design of such structures appropriately. tanks.3 1. weight. Reference to other Standards . general . wherever available. The dimensions. In the absence of an Indian Standard written in the modern Limit State Format for steel construction. nuts.All the standards referred to in this Guide are listed in Appendix C and their latest version shall be applicable: Units and Conversion Factors .1 Scope This Guide provides general recommendations for the design of structural steel work in buildings and allied structures. tolerances of all rolled shapes and other members used in any steel structure shall. INSDAG has a Memorandum of Understanding with the British Steel Construction Institute and several supporting documents are available from INSDAG at largely discounted prices for the use of steel designers in India. transmission line towers. IS: 786-1967 (supplement) may be referred. wherever available. the definitions of various terms are given in Appendix A.

sections. Plans shall indicate the type of construction to be employed. They shall clearly distinguish between shop and field rivets. giving complete information necessary for the fabrication of the component parts of the structure including the location. bolts and welds. shears. moments and axial forces to be resisted by all members and their connections. Plans shall be drawn to a scale large enough to convey the information adequately. reference shall be made to appropriate Indian Standards.The plans (design drawings) shall show the complete design with sizes. It is essential that Steel Designers familiarize themselves with protection methods for structural steelwork. Plans . with regard to fire and corrosion. Floor levels. For additional information to be included on drawings for designs based on the use of welding. type. Symbols for welding used on plans and shop drawings shall be according to IS: 813-1961 3 . length and detail of all welds.Shop drawings. shall be prepared in advance of the actual fabrication. column centres. and offsets shall be dimensioned. as may be required for the proper preparation of shop drawings. For a great majority of steel buildings which are not subject to alternate wetting and drying. and the relative locations of the various members. Shop drawings . and shall be supplemented by such data on the assumed loads. drawings and stress sheet shall be prepared according to IS: 696-1972 and IS: 962-1967. Any special precaution to be taken in the erection of structure from the design consideration shall also be indicated in the drawing.1. size. corrosion is NOT a problem. Shop drawings shall be made in conformity with IS: 696-1972 and IS: 962-1967. The diagram shall be sufficient to ensure convenient assembly and erection at site. Authentic guidance on protection methods is available from INSDAG.7 Plans and Drawings Plans. A marking diagram allotting distinct identification marks to each separate part of steelwork shall be prepared.

as appropriate. bolts and nuts and cement concrete shall confirm to the requirements of the appropriate Indian Standards. steel castings.* 4 . before fabrication conform to IS: 2062-1984.All other materials including manufactured products. Other Material . welding consumables.Ail structural steels used in general construction coming under the purview of this Guide shall.1 may also be used provided that the characteristic yield stresses and other design provisions are suitably modified and the steel is also suitable for the type of fabrication adopted.SECTION 2: MATERIALS Structural Steel . Any structural steel other than that specified in 2. IS: 8500-1977 and IS: 1977-1975.

one applied to forces due to loading and another to the material strength shall be employed. connections and other structural components should constitute a robust and stable structure under normal loading to ensure that in the event of misuse or accident. 3. a structure which is fit for its intended purpose. i. it is necessary to define clearly the basic structural anatomy by which the loads are transmitted to the foundations. 3. can then be identified and taken account of in design. The layout of its constituent parts. damage will not be disproportionate to the cause.1 Aims of Structural Design The aim of structural design is to provide. 5 . Two partial safety factors. The structure should behave as a three-dimensional entity. (a) the possible deviation of the actual behaviour of the structure from that of the analysis and design model. such as foundations. (b) the deviation of loads from their specified values and (c) the reduced probability that the various loads acting together will simultaneously reach the characteristic value. which have a critical influence on its overall stability. There should be no doubt of this responsibility for overall stability when some or all of the design and details are not made by the same designer. To achieve this.SECTION 3: GENERAL DESIGN REQUIREMENTS 3. For verifying the adequacy of the structure. Any features of the structure. erection and future maintenance. steelwork.2 Overall Stability The designer responsible for the overall stability of the structure should ensure the compatibility of design and details of parts and components. allows for. it should be capable of fulfilling its intended function and sustaining the design loads for its intended life. appropriate partial safety factors. Each part of the structure should be sufficiently robust and insensitive to the effects of minor incidental loads applied during service that the safety of other parts is not prejudiced. based on semi-probabilistic methods described below shall be used. with due regard to economy.. The design should facilitate fabrication.3 General Principles of Limit State Design Structure should be designed considering the Limit States at which they would become unfit for their intended purpose.e.

1985 (Code of Practice for Composite Construction) has prescribed for Structural Steel when considering yield stress.3. live and wind loads. (Other loads . shear force etc) and is the calculated factored resistance of the element being checked. The value suggested is therefore consistent with that.25 when considering fracture ultimate stress).2 Limit states (1) A limit state is a state beyond which the structure no longer satisfies the design requirements. 3.(e) (f) (g) (h) 3.1 the possible deviation of the material in the structure from that assumed in design the possible reduction in the strength of the material from its characteristic value and manufacturing tolerances.if applicable. is a function of the combined effects of factored dead.1987) a load factor which is determined on probabilistic basis where = a material factor. It should be noted that IS: 11384 . are also considered) In accordance with the above concepts. Mode of failure (ductile/brittle). (From IS: 875 . which is also determined on a 'probabilistic basis' when considering yield stress and 1. Partial safety factors In general. 6 . Characteristic Loads. the safety format used in this guide is based on probable maximum load and probable minimum strengths. calculations take the form of verifying that where is the calculated factored load effect on the element (like bending moment. and is a function of the nominal value of the material yield strength. so that a consistent level of safety is achieved.3. the design requirements are expressed as follows: where = Design value of internal forces and moments caused by the design Loads. Thus.

5 1.35 1. calculations for both conditions are needed DL 1. The partial load factors are chosen to reflect the probability of extreme conditions.35 Yf LL WL - 1. An illustration of partial safety factors suggested for ultimate load conditions is given in Table 3.5 1.2 7 . when loads act alone or in combination. These values are based on recommendations adopted by Eurocodes. including: • Excessive deformation / formation of mechanism.1.35 1. Parti) Vertical load Horizontal load Vertical load acting with horizontal load (Crabbing or Surge) Crane load acting with Wind load *If in doubt. (At the present time.6 1. which might endanger the safety of people.2 1.1: Recommended Partial safety factors Loading Dead Load (unfavourable effects) Dead load restraining uplift or overturning Dead Load + Imposed Load Dead Load + Wind Load Dead Load + Imposed Load + wind Load (Major Load)* Dead Load + Imposed Load (Major Load) + wind Load* Crane Load effects (from BS 5950.5 1. • Rupture • Loss of stability • Loss of equilibrium Serviceability limit states are limit states beyond which specified service criteria are no longer met.35 1.(2) (3) Ultimate limit states are limit states of collapse or other structural failure. including those for: • Deflection • Durability • Ponding • Vibration Thus the following limit states may be identified for design purposes and are provided for in terms of partial factors reflecting the severity of the risks.2 1. (The Committee formed to review BIS standards have adopted these values).0 1.05 1. • Serviceability Limit State is related to the criteria governing normal use. Table 3.05 1.6 1. this Code is being revised).4 1. • Fatigue Limit State is important where distress to the structure by repeated loading is a possibility. Unfactored loads are used to check the adequacy of the structure. where appropriate. • Ultimate Limit State is related to the maximum design load capacity under extreme conditions. Reference to the Code of Practice for Earthquake Resistant Design should be made.5 1.35 1.

e) For fire resistant design and fire rating. The structure as a whole and all parts of the structure in conjunction with the temporary bracings shall be capable of sustaining these erection loads.4. the following loads and secondary effects shall be taken into account. including temporary bracings to take care of all stresses due to erection loads. wind load and also such parts of the live load as would be imposed on the structure during the period of erection shall be taken as acting together with the erection loads. Published data should be consulted in assessing the maximum variations of temperature for which provision for expansion and contraction has to be allowed in the structure. Proper provision shall be made.5 Robustness Requirements The requirements for all buildings to maintain Structural integrity (as prescribed by BS: 5950. 3.3.All loads required to be carried by the structure or any part of it due to storage or positioning of construction material and erection equipment including all loads due to operation of such equipment shall be considered as 'erection loads'. (b) The temperature range varies for different localities and under different diurnal and seasonal conditions. Imposed loads and Wind loads (as per IS: 875 . This requirement provides a 8 .4.1991) Erection loads.2 Erection loads . (c) The co-efficient of expansion for steel shall be taken as 0. creep in steel. where applicable: a) b) c) d) Dead Loads. 3. shrinkage and creep in contiguous concrete members.For the purpose of computing the maximum stresses in any structure or member of a structure.1987) Earthquake loads (as per IS: 1893 .000012 per degree centigrade per unit length. Design guide on Structural Fire Safety C1B-W14) 3. and Secondary effects due to contraction or expansion resulting from temperature changes. Part 1 following the Ronan Point Collapse) are given below: Structures should remain as complete integral units even when (due to an accident such as explosion) one of the members fail or become inoperative. differential settlements of the structure as a whole and its components.1 Types of loads .3 Temperature effects (a) Expansion and contraction due to changes in temperature of the materials of a structure shall be considered and adequate provision made for the effects produced. Dead load.4 Loading 3.4. reference may be made to appropriate specialist publications [For example.

Collapse must not be disproportionate and the role of key elements should be identified. Ties may be steel members or steel reinforcement. Column splices should be capable of resisting a tensile force of two . Either the beams or tie members should be designed so that they provide for the anchorage. no portion of structures should be dependent on only one bracing system. • 9 . These requirements are aimed at ensuring that the collapse of one element of a structure does not trigger the failure of the structure as a whole. columns should be restrained by horizontal ties resisting 1% of column load. it is possible to ensure that there is an alternative load path that would help to avoid progressive collapse. Each section between expansion joints should be treated as a separate building. unit area . as well as the "key elements" themselves should be checked for safety and stability. Any member or other structural component. which provides lateral restraint vital to the "key element". in this event substantial permanent deformation may be accepted.tie spacing . All building frames should be effectively tied together at each principal floor and roof level. This is termed as " Localisation of damage".significant measure of safety for the occupants and is termed "Structural integrity requirement" or "Robustness requirement". If the removal of one of these members would cause substantial damage. Suggested requirements for integrity of buildings of five storeys or more are given below: • • For sway resistance. where . the member should be designed as a "key element" so that it has a very low probability of failure.total factored load /. At each storey in turn any single column or beam carrying a column should be capable of being removed without causing collapse beyond a limited portion of the building in the vicinity of the member.thirds of the factored vertical compressive load on the column below the splice. The minimum tie strengths (in respect of the ties referred above) should be internally and externally (but not less than 75 kN for floors and 40 kN at roof level). which are properly anchored to the steel frame work. in both directions. Columns should be continuous vertically through the floors. Precast floors must be anchored at both ends against sliding of supporting members.distance between columns in the direction • • • • • • At the edge of the structure. By tying the structure together. as far as possible. (using appropriate load factors and including the likely accidental loads) in the appropriate directions.

Semi-rigid design . other than the fasteners.6. provided that the frame is braced against side sway in both directions. stability and stiffness requirement of all parts of the structure when partial continuity at the joints is to be taken into account in assessing moments and forces in the members. Where the design is based on failure loads.1 Methods of design . The necessary flexibility in connections may result in some non-elastic deformation of the materials. Such analysis may be made using either elastic or plastic methods.The connections between members are assumed moments adversely affecting either the members or the structure as a whole. In all cases.3. (b) Rigid design . As an alternative. the design may be based on full scale or model tests subject to the following conditions: (i) A full-scale test of prototype structure may be done. On this basis.2. assuming this to be simply supported.6 General Principles and Design Methods 3. which may permit some limited plasticity.Some degree of connection stiffness is assumed.5 on the loads or load 10 .The design of any structure or its parts may be carried out by one of the methods given in (a) to (d). the details of members and connections should be such as to realise the assumptions made in design without adversely affecting any other parts of the structure. but it would be insufficient to develop full continuity. (a) Simple design . in simple beam and column structures an allowance may be made for the inter-restraint of the connections between a beam and a column by an end restraint moment not exceeding 10% of the free moment applied to the beam.Where structure is of non-conventional or complex in nature. (i) The moment and rotation capacity of the joints should be based on experimental evidence. The prototype shall be accurately measured before testing to determine the dimensional tolerance in all relevant parts of the structure. the tolerances then specified on the drawing shall be such that all successive structures shall be in practical conformity with the prototype. (c) (ii) (d) Design based on experiments . a load factor of not less than 1. It is necessary to maintain stability against sway and this is ensured complying with provisions of 3.2 (c). the design should satisfy the strength.The connections are assumed to be capable to developing the strength and / or stiffness required by an analysis assuming full continuity. not to develop The distribution of forces may be determined assuming that members intersecting at a joint are pin connected.6.

1 Limit state of strength (a) General . The factored loads should be applied in the most unfavorable realistic combination for the part or effect under consideration.2. The designer should consider overall frame stability. The load capacity of each member and its connections. (ii) In the case where design is based on the testing of a small-scale model structure.1 should be used. The combination of imposed and dead loads should be such as to have the most severe effect on overall stability.1.2 Ultimate Limit States 3.All structures. should be such that the factored loads would not cause failure.6. the loads should be increased by the relevant factors given in table 3. the model shall be constructed with due regard for the principles of dimensional similarity.In checking the strength and stability of the structure the loads should be multiplied by the relevant ^factors given in table 3. which embraces stability against overturning. The thrusts. The distribution and duration of forces applied in the test shall be representative of those to which the structure is deemed to be subjected.6. as determined by the relevant provisions of this Guide. and sway stability as given below. (b) Stability against overturning .2. (c) Sway stability . including portions between expansion joints. Account should be taken of probable variations in dead load during construction or other temporary conditions. Loading devices shall be previously calibrated and care shall be exercised to ensure that no artificial restraints are applied to the prototype by the loading systems. To ensure this. 3. moments and deformations under working loads shall be determined by physical measurements made when the loadings are applied to simulate the conditions assumed in the deign of the actual structure.In considering the overall stability of any structure or part.1. 11 . should be adequately stiff against sway. in addition to designing for applied horizontal loads.The factored loads should not cause the structure or any part of the structure (including the foundations) to overturn or lift off its seating. a separate check should be carried out for notional horizontal forces.combinations given in Table 3. 3.6.2 Stability limit state (a) General .

3. The cladding.These notional forces may arise from practical imperfections such as lack of vertically and should be taken as the greater of: 1% of factored dead load from that level.2.2.4 Fatigue . 12 . the steelwork designer should state clearly the need for such construction and the forces acting upon it. Where such sway stability is provided by construction other than the steel framework. 3.6.The design of foundations should accommodate all the forces imposed on them. applied horizontally.6. joint rigidity or by utilising staircase. floors and roof should have adequate strength and be so secured to the structural framework as to transmit all horizontal forces to the points of sway resistance. The stiffness (deformation) of the foundation should reflect the boundary condition assumed in the analysis model of the structural system. The notional force should not be: • • • • applied when considering overturning. taken to contribute to net shear on the foundations. Sway stability may be provided for example by braced frames.The standards appropriate for earthquake resistance of buildings in various parts of the country should be carefully considered and suitable provisions should be made taking into account the Capacity design and requisite ductility. They should be taken as acting simultaneously with vertical loads. 3.5% of factored total gravity load (dead plus vertical imposed) from that level. Stress changes due to fluctuations in wind loading need not be considered but account should be taken of wind-induced oscillations. 0.Fatigue need not be considered unless a structure or element is subjected to numerous significant fluctuations of stress.3 Foundation design . reversal of loading should be accommodated. combined with temperature effects.6. combined with horizontal loads.5 Earthquake Resistant Design . The notional forces should be assumed to act on all structures in any one orthogonal direction at a time and should be applied at each roof and floor level or their equivalent. Where it is necessary to quote the foundation-reactions it should be clearly stated whether the forces and moments result from factored or unfactored loads.2. Where they result from factored loads the relevant factors for each load in each combination should be stated. Attention should be given to the method of connecting the steel superstructure to the foundations and the anchorage of any holding down bolts. lift cores and shear walls. applied horizontally. Whatever system is used.

2: Deflection limits other than for pitched roof portal frame ( a ) Deflection on beams due to unfactored imposed loads Cantilevers Length / 180 Beams carrying plaster or other brittle Span / 325 finish All other beams Span / 325 ( b ) Horizontal deflection of columns other than portal frames due to unfactored imposed and wind loads Tops of columns in single-storey Height / 325 buildings In each storey of a building with more Height of storey under consideration / 325 than one storey ( c ) Crane gantry girders Refer to IS: 800 . Allowance must be made for possible construction inaccuracies. settlements of foundations. (Where the deflection due to Dead + Live load combination is likely to be excessive. Detailed advice on protection of steel for various environmental/exposure conditions is contained in an INSDAG publication titled "Corrosion Protection for Structural Steel". 3.2 gives recommended limitations for certain structural members. the shape of the members and the structural detailing the protective measure if any. the degree of exposure.6.Several factors affecting the durability of the buildings under conditions relevant to their intended life.1 Deflection .3 Ponding a) All roofs with a slope of less than 5% must be checked to ensure that rainwater cannot collect in pools.The deflection under serviceability loads of a building or building component should not impair the strength of the structure/components or cause damage to the finishing.6.2 Durability . whether maintenance is possible. When checking for deflections the most adverse and realistic combination of service loads and their arrangement should be checked by elastic analysis. are listed below: (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) the environment. 3. On low-pitched and flat roofs the possibility of ponding needs consideration for Composite Construction using metal decking.6. Table 3.3.3.1984 NOTE 1.6. consideration should be given to pre-camber the beams) Table 3.3. Circumstances may arise where greater or lesser values would be more appropriate.3.3 Serviceability Limit State 3. deflections of roofing 13 .

d) Table 3.6. which can induce impact. etc.3. This also applies to floors of car parks and other open-sided structures. 3. c) Where the roof slope is less than 3%.1 Vertical deflections to be considered sagging in the final state relative to the straight line joining the supports. the natural frequencies of structures or parts of structures must be sufficiently different from those of the excitation source. c) To avoid resonance. (state 1) variation of the deflection of the beam due to the variable loading plus any time dependant deformations due to the permanent load.3 gives limiting values for the natural frequency or the alternative total deflection to avoid resonance. and provided for. pre-camber (hogging) of the beam in the unloaded state. b) Vibration caused by machines and oscillation caused by harmonic resonance must be considered.4 Dynamic effects a) The design must make suitable provision for the effects of imposed loads.if applicable) collected in pools. b) Pre-cambering of beams can be used to reduce the likelihood of rainwater collecting in pools. (state 2) 14 . vibration. which might be formed due to the deflection of structural members or roofing material.materials and structural members and the effects of pre-camber. provided that rainwater outlets are appropriately located. Fig 3. (state 0) variation of the deflection of the beam due to permanent loads immediately afterloading. it must be checked that collapse cannot occur due to the weight of water (or snow.

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(The suggested value of The design strength in tension as governed by net cross-section at the hole. is the yield stress of the material (in MP a). is the gross area of cross section in the partial safety factor for failure in tension by yielding.2. as calculated by Eqn. Similarly threaded rods subjected to tension could fail by rupture at the root of the threaded region and hence net area. 4. The lower value of the design tension capacities. is the net area of the cross section after deductions for the hole and is the partial safety factor against ultimate tension failure by rupture (The suggested value of .1 Plates with Bolt Holes under Tension 16 . is the ultimate stress of the material. will govern the tensile design strength of a plate with holes. 4. is given by and Ym is where.SECTION 4: TENSION MEMBERS 4.1 and 4. is the root area of the threaded section. the load-causing yield across the section is taken as one of the limiting loads.1 Limiting Load on Plates in Tension In the design of tension members. The corresponding design strength for the member under axial tension is given by where. Fig.

The design strength in tension will be obtained by substituting the value of in Eqn. and are the yield and ultimate stress of the material.3) where.6) below: (i) Strenfith as governed by the yielding of gross section: where. accounts for the end fastener restraint effect. (ii) Strength as governed by tearing at net section: where. 4.4).1). respectively. is evaluated accounting for this phenomenon by 1. and (4.5).When multiple holes are arranged in a staggered fashion in a plate (Fig 4. n is the number of bolt holes in the staggered section and the summation over is carried over all inclined legs of the section. The design tensile strength. respectively. (4. limiting the stress in the outstanding leg to (the yield stress) and the connected leg having holes to (the ultimate stress). the potential for "block shear failure" should also be assessed. when the number of fasteners when the number of fasteners is 3 the number of fasteners is 1 or 2 and if the connection is adequately welded if 17 . will be the minimum value obtained from (4. 2.2 Limiting Load on Angles under Tension When a connection is made through one leg of an angle. the net area corresponding to the staggered section will be given by (4. In addition. the stress in the outstanding leg at the ultimate stage will be closer to the yield stress (due to shear lag) while the net section of the connected leg will often reach the ultimate stress The tensile strength of angles connected by one leg. is the gross area of the angle section.2 4. and are the net area of the connected leg and the gross area of the outstanding leg.

If the centroid of bolt pattern is not located between the heel of the angle and the centerline of the connected leg.2. and = minimum gross and net area in tension from the hole to the toe of the angle. the connection shall be checked for block shear strength. respectively.(iii) Strength as governed by block shear failure: A tension member may fail along end connection due to block shear as shown in Fig. 18 . perpendicular to the line of force. 4. It will also provide a margin for avoiding excessive self-weight deflection). Fig. 4. The corresponding design strength in tension shall be evaluated as the lower of the value obtained from the following equations. respectively.2 Block Shear Failure where.3 Maximum Slenderness Ratio The maximum slenderness ratio (length/least radius of gyration of the cross section) of a tension member is limited to 400 (This will provide a margin of safety for members normally acting as ties but subject to reversal of stresses due to wind and earthquake. 4. and = minimum gross and net area in shear along a line of transmitted force.

SECTION 5: CLASSIFICATION OF CROSS SECTIONS 5. If the section were to be further more slender still (i. On the other hand. is the lower limit of rotation for treatment as a plastic section) Fig. before attaining the theoretical elastic moment capacity.1 Elastic/plastic moment-rotation curve. yet higher values of local buckling would occur before the attainment of yield stress in the extreme fibres. with a triangular stress distribution. Assuming that the flange plate or the web does not buckle locally. i. Such a section is termed as 'slender'. 5.1 Basis The proposed classification of cross sections is illustrated by considering the idealised moment-rotation characteristics of a symmetrical beam subjected to incremental flexural loading continued till its collapse. a cross section may develop fully plastic stress distribution across the entire cross section but may not have adequate ductility The horizontal part of the moment-rotation diagram will be limited. Such a stocky section is termed as a 'plastic' section. the stress distribution across the section will consist of two rectangles and a significant rotation will take place. these four different modes of behaviour can be expressed graphically on a plot of stress against strain at the 19 . This section is termed as 'semi-compact'. A beam capable of developing full plasticity would exhibit an idealised elastic/plastic moment-rotation curve as shown in Fig. If the section were to be even more slender (higher ratios of it may only be able to sustain an elastic moment up to the attainment of yield strength in the extreme fibres.e. 5. At failure. Such a cross-section is termed 'compact' section.1. and it exhibits considerable "ductility" is the rotation at the onset of plasticity.e.

These different modes of behaviour can also be shown by the stress patterns. Compact sections can generally be used in simply supported beams failing soon after reaching at one section.3 Bending stress distribution for different classes of sections The class of a section is determined by the lowest class of all its constituent elements. Only plastic sections can be used in forming plastic collapse mechanisms. 20 . The class of section determines its resistance (e. Fig. 5. as in Fig.).g. 5. semi-compact sections are to be used with the understanding that they will fail at The slender section design is discussed in the section on Cold-Form Steel member design.2 Stress/strain relation of extreme fibres for different classes of sections Fig. 5. In elastic design. flange plates and web plate.2). shear resistance etc. Moment resistance.e. 5.3. i.extreme fibres (Fig.

Limits on Width to Thickness Ratio of Plate Elements* Type of Element Type of Section Outstand element of Welded compression flange Rolled Internal element of Welded compression flange Rolled Web with neutral axis at mid depth Web under uniform compression Single/double angle T-stems Circular tube with outer diameter D where are the limits for b/t width of the flange overhang depth of the web outer diameter of the circular tubular section thickness of the plate All Welded Rolled Rolled * This table is derived from BS 5950: Part 1. 21 .1.Table 5.

For columns having values in excess of the following computations are necessary.SECTION 6: AXIALLY LOADED COLUMNS 6. Axially loaded columns having a slenderness ratio values below are "stocky" and will fail by yielding across the entire cross section. The design axial load resistance for a member subjected to axial compression is given (Note that no calculations for is needed when as the column would fail by squashing at The compressive strength curves obtained for the various types of sections are shown in Fig 6.1 Axial Compression Resistance of Columns The axial load resistance of steel columns is governed by the type of cross section and the axis of buckling. The choice of axis of buckling to obtain the design strength is not always clear.1. so calculations have to be canned out in respect of both principal axes and the lower value of load resistance chosen. 22 .

1) and Table 6.1: Choice of appropriate values of [For = Welded Sections: for cross sections fabricated by welding of plates 20 N/mm2 should reduce the value of Table 6. Based on BS 5950: Part 1J Table 6.Fig.6. 6.1 to 6.2 may be constructed for different values of using equations 6. 23 . 6.1 Compressive strength curves for struts for different values'of 250 Mpa.2 gives the ultimate compressive stress values in compression members corresponding to various values of and for Graphs (similar to Fig.

may be regarded as the equivalent length of a pin-ended column having the same cross section. Effective length. The recommended effective lengths for design purposes are given below 24 .2 Effective Length of Columns Designs of columns have to be checked using the appropriate effective length for buckling about both the strong and weak axes. which would be expected to have the same strength and stiffness as the column being designed.2: Ultimate Compressive stress i 6.Table 6.

2 and Fig.up or fabricated Compression Members 25 . 6.3 Cross Sectional Shapes for Compression Members and Built .Up Columns When compression members are required for large structures like bridges.2: Cross Section Shapes for Rolled Steel Compression Members ( d ) Plated I Section (e) Built .6. Fig 6. built-up sections will be used. Cross section shapes of rolled steel compression members and built-up or fabricated compression members are shown in Fig. 6. 6. For preliminary calculations.4 for various built-up sections may be employed. approximate values of radii of gyration given in Fig.3.up I Section Fig 6.3: Cross Section Shapes for Built .

Fig 6.4: Approximate radii of gyration (Continued in next page) 26 .

27 . Single angle discontinuous struts connected by two or more bolts in line along the member at each end may be designed for the factored axial load.25 times the factored axial load and the effective length taken as the centre-to-centre distance of the intersection at each end. the weld length must be not less than the maximum width of the member. When single angle discontinuous struts connected by a single bolt are employed. assuming the effective length to be 0.85 times the centre to centre distance of the intersection at each end.4: Approximate radii of gyration 6. which are in contact with each other and are bearing on base plates or milled surfaces.4 General Guidance for Connection Requirements When compression members consist of different components. it may be designed for 1.Fig 6. they should be connected at their ends with welds or bolts. When welds are used. If bolts are used they should be spaced longitudinally at less than 4 times the bolt diameter and the connection should extend to at least times the width of the member.

7 of this length for double lacing. M16 bolts may be used unless otherwise noted.5 Single angle size: 1/30 of the length of the strut Double angle size: 1/35 of the length of strut Circular hollow sections diameter = 1/40 length Design Considerations for Laced and Battened Columns The two channel constituents of a laced column. The following guide values are suggested for initial choice of members: (i) (ii) (iii) 6. The spacing'of connectors must be such that the largest slenderness ratio of each component member is neither greater than 60 nor less than 40. 6. The inclination of lacing bars from the axis of the column should not be less than 40° nor more than 70°. (A value between is chosen depending upon the degree of restraint provided at the ends). To prevent local buckling of unsupported lengths between the two constituent lattice points (or between two battens). For members of large thickness M20 bolts may be used. shown in Fig. The slenderness ratio of the lacing bars should not exceed 145. In laced columns. The slenderness ratio formula: of battened columns shall be calculated using the following (6. the lacing should be symmetrical in any two opposing faces to avoid torsion. Thickness of lacing bars should be at least l/40th of the length between bolts for single lacing and 1/60 of this length for double lacing (both for welded and bolted connections).5(a) and 6. A minimum of two bolts at each end and a minimum of two additional connectors spaced equidistant in between will be required.5% of axial load on the column. the factored axial load is used in design.5 ( b ) have a tendency to buckle independently.with an effective length conservatively chosen. The width of the lacing bar should be at least 3 times the diameter of the bolt. Solid washers or packing plates should be used in-between. All double angle struts must be tack bolted or welded. For member thickness up to 10 mm. the slenderness ratio of individual components should be less than 50 or 70% of the slenderness ratio of the built up column (whichever is less). Lacings and battens are not combined in the same column. The load that these tying forces cause may be assumed to cause a shearing force equal to 2. Spacing of tack bolts or welds should be less than 600 mm.For double angle discontinuous struts connected back to back to both sides of a gusset or section by not less than two bolts or by welding.7) 28 . (Additionally if the columns are subjected to moments or lateral loading the lacing should be designed for the additional bending moment and shear). The effective length of lacing bars is the length between bolts for single lacing and 0.

using the radius of gyration of the whole built up section. (6.8) The strength of the battened column is evaluated from = effective slenderness with computed as given in Eqn. The imperfection factor is calculated from (6. is lower value of slenderness of the individual vertical members between centre to centre of batten intervals and is slenderness of the overall column. (6.5 Built-up column members 29 .7) Fig.where.8) = calculated using values given in Eqn. 6.

6 Base Plates for Concentrically Loaded Columns For a purely axial load. it may be necessary to ship the plates separately and set them to the correct elevations. For this second case the columns are connected to the footing with anchor bolts that pass through the lug angles. For small columns these plates will be shop-welded to the columns. These base plates can be welded directly to the columns or they can be fastened by means of bolted or welded lug angles. a more positive attachment is necessary. 6. 6. but for larger columns. 6. Fig. This type of arrangement is shown in Fig. . it is customary not to grind or machine the underside of the base plate. Concrete support area should be significantly larger than the base plate area so that the applied load can disperse satisfactorily on to the foundation. 6. a plain square steel plate or a slab attached to the column is adequate. but grout it in place.6 ( a ) . If uplift or overturning forces are present.6 When there is a large moment in relation to the vertically applied load a gusseted base may be used.6 Column base plates A base plate welded directly to the columns is shown in Fig. To spread the column loads uniformly over the base plates.6.6. which have been shop-welded to the columns. These connection methods are illustrated in Fig. If column base plates are insufficient to develop the applied bending moment or if thinner plates are used. some form of stiffening must be provided. and to ensure there is good contact between the two.

on the holding down bolts. Maximum allowable bearing strength = 0. Select weld size. Check for bolt. Determine base plate thickness For channel. The design steps for a base plate attached to an axially loaded column with pinned base are explained below. Procedure for empirical design of a slab base plate for axial load only (pinned connection) 1. assuming a uniform distribution. . if any. similar to the arrangement sketched in Fig. = pressure in on underside of plate. Calculate the total length of weld to resist axial load. = larger plate projection from column [See Fig. 9. of the weld. box or columns but not less than the thickness of the flange of the supported column. 6. 6. Decide on the number and type of holding down bolts to resist shear and tension. Check maximum co-existent factored shear and tension. 3. 2. 8. 6. 7.7] = smaller plate projection from column = design strength of mild steel plate.7 Base plates subjected to concentric force 5. 10. The chosen number of bolts is to be arranged symmetrically near corners of base plate or next to column web.6. Check the bolts for adequacy. Check shear stress on weld.4 4. Determine the factored axial load and shear at the column base. but not greater than divided by Fig.4 (where = cube strength ofconcrete) Actual bearing pressure to be less than or equal to 0.Columns supporting predominantly axial loads are designed as being pin-ended at the base. 6. Vector sum of all the stresses carried by the weld must not exceed the design strength. Check for adequacy of weld.

These are to be eliminated by provision of web stiffeners for (a) and (b) and the welding of additional flange plates to reduce the plate ratio. This type of failure is unlikely to be encountered in hot rolled sections. 7. Adequate restraint may be regarded as being available if there is a positive connection of a floor or other construction fixed to the compression flange capable of resisting a lateral force of not less than 2. Local failure by (a) shear yield of the web. The influence of local buckling of flanges and webs In section 5.1 Laterally restrained beams "Laterally Restrained Beams" are those. These are termed "unrestrained beams". (b) local crushing of the web or (c) buckling of thin flanges may sometimes be encountered. Fabricated plate girders may fail by web shear buckling or local buckling of a flange.1 General The main failure modes of hot rolled beams of compact or plastic cross section are as follows: • If the beam is prevented from buckling laterally. • • • 7.2.SECTION 7: DESIGN OF MEMBERS SUBJECTED TO BENDING 7. in the case of (c). then the failure will be triggered by excessive flexure and the collapse will follow the formation of plastic hinges. which will not fail by lateral instability. all rolled steel sections used as beams are classified in four ways in order to reflect the effect of local buckling of the beam elements. Such a beam is termed restrained beam". Lateral Instability or Lateral Torsional Buckling of beams can be prevented by providing full restraint to the compression flange of member. and the component elements are compact or plastic.5% of the maximum factored force in the compression flange of the member.1. The design adequacy of a laterally restrained beam is verified using the following criteria: • • • • lateral restraint force bending resistance of the cross section shear resistance of the cross section combined bending and shear at locations where there are (a) combinations of maximum factored bending moment and co-existent shear and (b) combinations of maximum factored shear force and the co-existent bending moment. "Long beams" which are not suitably braced in the lateral direction will fail by a combination of lateral deflection and twist. .1.

4 Length of cantilevers: The length of a cantilever should be taken as the distance from the effective point of the support to the tip of the cantilever. 7.3 Span of beams: The span of a beam should be taken between the effective points of support.5 General conditions: All members in bending should meet the following conditions.• Slender .the elastic moment capacity of the cross section can NOT be attained • Semi-compact . so that the frame can be designed by plastic methods.as for compact.1.1. as the maximum fibre stress at failure will be less than The design bending resistance in these sections is given by 7. the design bending resistance of the cross section is given by Slender cross sections will not be able to resist a moment equal to the elastic moment resistance. Hot rolled sections used as beams are generally of the "plastic" or "compact" cross sections.1. . but there is sufficient rotation capacity in the cross section. For the plastic or compact sections. 7.The elastic moment capacity of the cross section can be attained. but NOT the plastic moment capacity • Compact . but the cross section has little rotation capacity. • Plastic .The plastic moment capacity can be attained.

2 Elastic shear stress In sections where webs vary in thickness or have holes significantly larger than those required for fasteners. the shear stress should be calculated from first principles assuming elastic behaviour.2. 7. load parallel to web (b) Built-up sections and boxes.should be taken Equation (7.(a) At critical points the combination of maximum moment and coexistent shear.1) for plastic and compact sections Equation (7. the resistance of the member to lateral torsional buckling should be checked in accordance with specifications detailed in 7. the conditions of 7.2.3 Moment resistance with low shear load Where the design shear force of the cross section as the value obtained from • • is less than 0.2. 7.2. 7.6 times the design shear resistance the design moment resistance.1 Plastic and compact sections The design shear resistance.2) for semi-compact sections and 34 .3 section (d) Local buckling should be considered as given in Table 5. (c) Unless the compression flange has full lateral restraint.and the combination of maximum shear and co-existent moment should be checked at the ultimate limit state (b) The deflection limits prescribed under "serviceability Limits" (Table 3.2. load parallel to webs (c) Solid bars and plates Where = thickness of the web = Total depth of the section = depth of the web = area of the plate or bar.2 Shear 7.1.6 for web buckling and web bearing should be met.5 and 7. (e) When loads or reactions are applied through the flange to the web. of a plastic or compact cross section is taken as Where = shear area given by the following for the three cases: (a) Rolled and channel sections.2) should be adhered to.

should be taken as follows.4) the moment resistance.2.3) for slender sections When the depth to thickness ratio.6 times the design shear resistance. For sections with unequal flanges: the plastic modulus of the gross section less the plastic modulus of that part of the section remaining after deduction of the shear area.5 Web buckling To prevent the web buckling under point loads or reactions (applied through the compression flange) the following check is required to be carried out on all beams The buckling resistance.4. 7. 7.• Equation (7. is given by . of a web exceeds where then it should be checked for shear buckling in accordance with the requirements set out under Section 7. (defined in equation 7.4 Moment resistance with high shear load Where the design shear force exceeds 0.2. (a) For plastic or compact sections: and is taken as follows: For sections with equal flanges: the plastic modulus of the shear area.

.6 Web Bearing suitable stiffness For all beams.1 Effective width for web buckling If the applied load or reaction (as the case may be) exceeds should be provided.Fig. Fig.5 to the plane of the flange.2.2 Effective width of web bearing If the applied load or the reaction exceeds the crippling resistance of the web. 7. 7. The buckling resistance in crippling.5 of the plane of the flange. the web crippling resistance should also be checked at its junction with the flange to the flange-to-web connection at a slope of 1:2. suitably designed bearing stiffeners should be provided. 7. is given by where = crippling resistance of the webin buckling =design yield stress of the web = length obtained by dispersion through the flange-to-web connection at a slope of 1:2.

7 Plastic and compact beams with web openings Beams with web openings are frequently required for passing service ducts. it may be either around the hole or as a flat reinforcement carried past the opening for such a distance that the local shear stress due to the load being transferred from the reinforcement does not exceed 7. • • When the hole diameter exceeds 10% of the depth of the girder. If web reinforcement is provided. Beams having (a) an isolated hole (b) a series of web openings at regular intervals are included in this guide. or if any of the above conditions are not satisfied. the following aspects should be kept in view: • • • • The effect of bending The possible need to provide stiffening around the hole The effect of openings on slender webs (covered in the section 7.5 times the diameter of the larger opening. the net section properties should be computed and the adequacy of the design should be verified.7. the spacing between the centres of any two adjacent openings measured parallel to the axis of the member is at least 2. When designing holes in webs. the factored maximum shear at the support does not exceed 60% of the shear resistance of the section. provided that • • the holes are located within the middle third of the depth and middle half of the span of the member.3 Laterally Unrestrained Beams of Plastic and Compact Sections 7.3. the load on the member is substantially uniform and no point loads are situated within a distance from the edges of the hole. Unreinforced circular openings having a diameter not exceeding 10% of the web depth may be located within the web of compact beams without considering the net section properties.1 Lateral torsional buckling of symmetric sections The elastic critical moment resistance of a symmetrical I beam subjected to equal end moments undergoing lateral torsional buckling between points of lateral support is obtained as . equal to the depth of the girder.4) The effect of opening on the stiffness of the section and deflections.2.

6) and (7. The effect of various support conditions is taken into account by way of a parameter called effective length.3. the effective lengths appropriate for different end restraints according to BS 5950 are given in Tables 7.1 and 7. A load applied above the centroid of the cross section causes an additional overturning moment and becomes more de-stabilising than when the same load is applied at the centroid. This is clear from Fig.2. if the load is applied below the centroid. . it produces astabilising effect. Several factors affect the lateral stability of beams and these are outlined below: (a) Support conditions Lateral buckling involves three kinds of deformations. As an illustration. On the other hand. Various types of end conditions are consequently possible but the supports should either completely prevent or offer no resistance to each type of deformation (Solutions for partial restraint conditions are complicated). the effective length is equal to the actual length between the supports. For a beam with simply supported end conditions and no intermediate lateral restraint. (b) Level of application of transverse loads (Stabilising and destabilising loads) The lateral stability of a transversely loaded beam is dependent on the arrangement of theloads as well as the position of application of the loads with respect to the centroid of thecross section.7. (7.Comparing the two cases covered by Eqns. twisting and warping. namely lateral bending.7) the ratio of the tw constants is often termed "the equivalent uniform moment factor" Its value is a direct measure of the severity of a particular pattern of moments relative to the basic case. The effective length factor would indirectly account for the increased lateral and torsional rigidities provided by the restraints.

1 Effective length of beams of Compact Plastic Cross section between supports Table 7. for cantilever of length . Effective length.Table 7.2.

are less prone to insiability and this beneficial effect is taken into account by the use of "equivalent uniform moments". Cases of moment gradient. only the basic case of beams loaded with equal and opposite end moments has been considered. In this case. But.3 Equivalent uniform moment 40 . in reality. loading patterns would vary widely from the basic case. where the end moments are unequal. The equivalent uniform moment is defined as where m = equivalent uniform moment factor and bending moment. the basic design procedure is modified by comparing the elastic critical moment for the actual case with the elastic critical moment for the basic case. Fig.(c) Influence of the type of loading So far. 7.

as illustrated in Fig.g. Fig 7. a modification to the slenderness. The allowable critical stress is determined for an effective slenderness.4 Slenderness Correction Factor 41 . where the maximum moment occurs away from a braced point. may be used. where n is the slenderness correction factor.(d) Slenderness correction factor ( n ) For situations.4 for a few cases of loading. when the beam is uniformly loaded in the span. e.7.

using the non-dimensional slenderness so that the results from many test series (using different 42 .7.5 Comparison of test data (mostly I sections) with theoretical elastic critical moments Fig 7. these are derived on the basis of elastic behaviour and cannot be extrapolated to check the ultimate bending resistance.6 and 7.2 Limitations of the elastic buckling theory for beams Direct use of the theory described in the foregoing pages for design purposes is in appropriate because • • Formulae (such as Eqns.6.3. 7.7. Significant differences exist between the assumptions forming the basis of the theory and the observed behaviour of beams under ultimate load tests. In any case. can be expressed in a non-dimensional form using The beam slenderness Fig.5 compares a typical set of lateral torsional buckling test data using actual hot rolled sections with theoretical elastic critical moments given by Eqn 7.7) are too complex for routine use.

The formulae derived so far will provide an upper bound.3. 7. Region III covers beams.3 Design method As discussed previously the basic theory of elastic lateral stability cannot be directly used for design purposes because of limitations and its extension to the ultimate range.In region I. (See Fig 7.6) The three categories of beams are listed under section 7. lateral instability does not influence the design as these beams will collapse by developing full plasticity. The designs must be based on inelastic buckling. Region II covers much of the practical range of beams without lateral restraint. A simple method of computing the buckling resistance of compact and plastic beams is given below and is analogous to the Perry-Robertson approach for columns. is obtained as the smaller root of the equation 43 .2. with suitable modifications to account for residual stresses and geometric imperfections. which largely fail by elastic instability.3. The design method will consequently involve some degree of empiricism. The buckling resistance moment.

which may be conservatively taken as 0.9 for rolled steel I. For more slender beams. (7. 44 .sections and channels and 1.16) = a buckling parameter. is a function of given by.0 for all other sections.where = bending strength allowing for susceptibility to lateral -torsional buckling and are supplied in Tabulated form by steel makers.

1 Plate Girders General A fabricated plate girder is employed for supporting heavy loads over long spans.7.7. the bending moments are assumed to be carried by the flanges by developing compressive and tensile forces and shear is carried by the web. In these girders. 45 . To effect economy. 7.4. the web depth is chosen to be large enough to result in low flange forces for the design bending moment.4 7. Stiffeners are provided at a spacing of as shown in Fig.

i. The recommended web thickness are (Fig.if at all .1 Recommended Proportions (Indicative values) Span to Depth Ratios: The recommended span / depth ratios for initial choice of cross-section in a plate girder used in a building are given below as indicative values: i. d/t exceeding 250 is rarely used.7. however. 7. Constant depth beams used in simply-supported composite and non-composite girders with concrete decking Constant depth beams in continuous composite and noncomposite girders Simply-supported crane girders Web proportions: When the web plate will not buckle. In the design of thin webs with shear buckling should be considered. a web stiffened by transverse stiffeners (Fig.7) or a web stiffened by both transverse and longitudinal stiffeners (Fig. For un-stiffened web where is the design stress of flange material.3 times the depth of the section as a thumb rule. ii. Similarly. In general we may have an un-stiffened web. For stiffened web Flange proportions: Generally the thickness of flange plates is not varied along the spans for plate girders used in buildings. iii.in plate girders used in buildings and bridges. in such cases. By choosing a minimum web thickness the self-weight is reduced.1. is similar to rolled steel beams. ii.4. 7.8). To avoid flange buckling into web. but the webs vulnerable to buckling may have to be stiffened if necessary.7): i. It is also necessary to choose the breadth to thickness ratio of the flange such that the section classification is generally limited to plastic or compact sections only This is 46 . For stiffened web In practice. 7. is rarely used . For un-stiffened web ii. For non-composite plate girder the width of flange plate is chosen to be about 0. The design.

4. The web is able to sustain shear in excess of shear force corresponding to because of vertical stiffeners.e. Vertical stiffeners help to support the tension field action of the web panel between them. The design stress of the flange steel = Plastic section modulus of flanges about the transverse axis of the section.8 End panel strengthened by longitudinal stiffener Stiffener spacing: Vertical stiffeners are provided close to supports to increase the bearing resistance and to improve shear capacity. where.2 to 1. Sometimes double stiffeners are adopted near the bearing (see Fig. 7. Where the end panel near support is designed without using the tension field action a smaller spacing of is adopted.1 Moment Resistance .7) is chosen in the range of 1. For preliminary sizing. the overall flange width-to-thickness ratio may be limited to 24.6. For the tension flanges (i. Fig.15) 47 . Horizontal stiffeners are generally not provided in plate girders used in buildings. 7. = Material safety factor for steel (= 1. 7.2 Design methodology is computed from the plastic moment 7. the panel aspect ratio a/d (see Fig.Moment resistance resistance of the flanges.2.to avoid local buckling before reaching the yield stress.9) and in such cases the overhangs beyond the supports are limited to 1/8 of the depth of the girder.7.4. When vertical stiffeners are provided. Intermediate stiffeners also may not be required in the mid-span region. Thus. bottom flange of a simply supported girder) the width can be increased by 30% if needed.

Design strength of web = = Material safety factor for steel (= 1.3 7. given by The values for for webs. = Elastic critical shear strength values to be used in design for different values of a/d and d/t are tabulated in Table . which are not too slender (see Table 7.2 Shear Resistance Thin webs are designed either with or without stiffeners.2.7. These two cases are described individually below.3. Webs without intermediate stiffeners: The shear resistance of unstiffened webs is limited to its elastic shear buckling resistance.4.7.15) The elastic critical stress has been simplified and given based on a/d and t/d Table as given in Table 7.3: Elastic critical stress related to aspect ratio 48 .4) depend on the slenderness parameter defined as where.

In other cases the value of is a function of design stress of web steel.4 gives the values of for design purposes. Fig.Table 7.7. Note that for very slender webs is limited to elastic critical shear stress. The first term co mprises of critical elastic stress an d the tension field strength of the panel i. 49 ..9 shows the diagonal tension fields anchored between top and bottom flanges and against transverse stiffeners on either side of the panel. Webs with intermediate stiffeners: The shear resistance of the plate girders with intermediate stiffeners may be improved by the following two ways. The full shear buckling resistance is calculated as. The term represents the contribution of the flanges to the post buckling strength and depends on plastic moment capacity of the flanges The flanges support the pull exerted by the tension field. When the flanges reach their ultimate capacity they form hinges. is a parameter that relates to the plastic moment capacity of the flange and the web described later. i) ii) Increase in buckling resistance due to reduced a/d ratio. The web develops tension field action and thus resists considerably larger stress than the elastic critical strength of web in shear.e.

as it does not utilise the post-buckling strength of end panel especially where the shear is maximum. is given by 7. the factor nearly becomes zero and hence the contribution of flanges to shear resistance will become negligible. then However in presence of overall bending moment.The flange-dependent shear strength is simplified and given as where. 50 . The end stiffener should be designed for compressive forces due to bearing and the moment. For a simple design it may be assumed that the capacity of the end panel is restricted to so that no tension field develops in it [Fig. end panel acts as a beam spanning between the flanges to resist shear and moment caused by and produced by tension field of penultimate panel. by the factor When approaches at maximum moment region. when designed for tension field will impose additional loads on end post and hence it will become stout [Fig. the contribution of flange to shear resistance will be reduced by the longitudinal stress induced because of overall bending moment. 7.3 End panels For tension field action to develop in the end panels. adequate anchorage should be provided all around the end panel. The anchor force required to anchor the tension field force is The end panel.10 (c)]. When the girder is to resist pure shear. The plastic moment capacity of the web.4. due to tension field in the penultimate panel.10(a)]. This approach is conservative. This will result in the a/d value of end panel spacing to be less than that of other panels. 7. In this case.

In such cases stiffeners are considered for their satisfactory resistance under combined load effects. Normally a web width of 20 t on both sides as shown in Fig.4. The buckling resistance of the stiffeneracting as a strut (with a cruciform section as described earlier) should be not less than where is the maximum shear force in the panel and is the buckling resistance of web without considering tension field action. The longitudinal stiffeners are generally located in the compression zones of the girder.In order to be economical the end panel also may be designed using tension field action. In this case the bearing stiffener and end post are designed for a combination of stresses resulting from compression due to bearing and a moment equal to 2/3 caused due to tension in the flanges. In order to obtain greater economy and efficiency in the design of plate girders. especially owing to concentrated loads. Instead of one stout stiffener we can use a double stiffener as shown in Fig. Nowadays. They are not as effective as transverse stiffeners. Intermediate stiffeners: The intermediate stiffeners are provided to prevent out of plane buckling of web at the location of stiffeners. The stiffener will be stout. In its limit will be equal to of the web without stiffeners. Design of these stiffeners is discussed below.10 (b) is assumed to act along with the stiffener provided to resist the compression as an equivalent cruciform shaped strut of effective length 0. 7. Longitudinal stiffeners: Longitudinal stiffeners are hardly used in building plate girders. The additional cost of welding the longitudinal stiffeners invariably offsets any economy resulting in their use. The main function of the longitudinal stiffeners is to increase the buckling resistance of web by subdividing the web and limiting the web buckling to smaller web panels. Intermediate web stiffeners are provided to improve web shear capacity. Here the end post is designed for horizontal shear and the moment 7.10(d). 7. load-bearing stiffeners are provided.4 Stiffeners Stiffeners are provided to transfer transverse concentrated compressive force on the flange into the web and are essential for desired performance of web panels. The bearing stress in the stiffener is checked using the area of that portion of the stiffener in contact with the flange through which compressive force is transmitted. Such combined loads are common.7 times its actual length between the top and bottom flanges. slender webs are sometimes reinforced both longitudinally and transversely. the use of longitudinal stiffeners is rare due to higher welding costs. 51 . These are referred to as bearing stiffeners. Load bearing stiffeners: Whenever there is a risk of the buckling resistance of the web being exceeded. but sometimes they are used in highway bridge girders for aesthetic reasons. Sometimes the stiffeners are provided for more than one of the above purposes.

7.10 Various treatments for end panel 3 .(a) End panel designed using tension field action and end post designed for both bearing and to resist tension field (d) End panel designed using tension field strengthened by additional stiffener (Double stiffener) Fig.

7. Flange joints should preferably be located at the points away from section of maximum bending moment. its ultimate capacity is conditioned by the interaction between the effects of the bending moment and shear force.28. The splice plates are provided on each side of the web or direct butt welding. web splice becomes essential. The vertical ordinates are non-dimensionalised using (Yield shear of the web) and the horizontal ordinates by (the fully plastic moment resistance of the cross section).12 will develop at collapse. shear mechanism of the type represented in Fig. The portion of the curve between points A and C is the region in which the girder will fail by predominant shear.5 Curtailment of flange plates For a plate girder subjected to external loading. Therefore the flange plates may be curtailed at a distance from the centre of span greater than the distance where the plate is no longer required as the bending moment decreases towards the ends. sometimes it becomes necessary to make flange splices.11.7. It also becomes essential when the length of plate girder is too long to handle conveniently during transportation and erection. when the plate girder is simply supported at the ends. maximum bending moment occurs at the centre. The vertical ordinate at A presents the shear capacity given by Eqn. Flange splices: A joint in the flange element provided to increase the length of flange plate is known as flange splice. In spite of the availability of full length of flange plates.5 Webs Subjected to Co-existent Bending and Shear When a girder is subjected to predominant bending moments and low shear. the flange plates can be obtained for full length of the plate girder. Splices in the web of the plate girder are designed to resist the shear and moment at the spliced section. Generally. then.4.e. Generally. The flange splices should be avoided as far as possible.g. e. Any point in the interaction diagram shows the co-existent values of shear and bending moment that the girder can sustain. Since the values of bending moment decreases towards the end. 53 . 7. i. where the shear capacity is plotted in the axis and the bending capacity in the axis. the flange area designed to resist the maximum bending moment is not required at other sections. When the maximum manufactured length of the plate is insufficient for full length of the plate girder.7. It gives economy as regards to the material and cost. 7. 7.6 Splices Web splices: A joint in the web plate provided to increase its length is known as web splice. the maximum bending moment occurs at one section usually. and subjected to the uniformly distributed load. web splices are mainly used in bridges and not buildings.4. The plates are manufactured up to a limited length. The interaction diagram is generally expressed in the form seen in Fig. At least one flange plate should be run for the entire length of the girder.

11 Interaction between bending and shear effects 54 .Fig. 7.

the point F. the presence of additional bending moment requires the following three factors to be considered. Reduction of plastic moment capacity of flanges 7. 7. the failure will be triggered by the collapse of flanges by one of the following: (i) by yielding of flange material or (ii) by inward buckling of the compression flange or (iii) by lateral buckling of the flange. when the applied bending moment is approximately equal to the plastic moment resistance provided by the flange plates only.e. 7. Beyond point in Fig. Thus there is a distinct change in failure criterion represented by line in Fig.1 When high axial forces are developed in the flanges due to bending moments. the left of represents shear failure and the right of flexural failure. This value represents the horizontal co-ordinate of the point C.11 when the applied moment is high.5. • • • The reduction in the web buckling stress due to the presence of bending stresses. neglecting the contribution from the web.11(a).12 Collapse of the panel This shear capacity will reduce gradually due to the presence of co-existent bending moment. The influence of bending stresses on the value of membrane stress required causing yield in the web.Fig. The reduction of plastic moment capacity of flanges due to the presence of axial flange stresses caused by bending moment. i. the reduced capacity is given by 55 . Generally the flange failure mode will be triggered. From plasticity theory. In zone ABC. 7. their effects in reducing plastic moment capacity of flange plates must be taken into account.

Consequently the girder is unable to develop full plastic moment of resistance of the cross section. the web subjected to compressive bending stress will buckle. The horizontal ordinate as stated previously is given by the value of (See Eqn 7. The compression flange will therefore carry practically all the compressive stresses. as the web is unable to be fully effective. The interaction diagram is constructed in stages as follows [See Fig. This moment is . so the failure is by bending moment. In a thin walled girder. the girder will fail by inward collapse of compression flange at an applied moment which is approximately equal to the moment required to produce first yield in the extreme fibres of compression flange.11(a)]. Though the concept is simple.where. The horizontal ordinate B is given by maximum bending moment in the end panel given by but limited to a value of Between B and C. by provision of adequate lateral supports). al (1978) and validated by them by experiments is summarised below: The shear load capacity at point C of the interaction diagram may be obtained approximately from an empirical relationship given below.5.reduced because of the effects of web buckling. This is discussed in the next section. If no lateral buckling occurs (e. This equation gives the vertical ordinate of the point C in the interaction diagram [Fig. 7. the curve is horizontal. 7.g. Design procedure The simplified design procedure due to Rockey et.29). the curve may be straight (for simplicity).of course .2 is the average axial stress for the portion of the flange between hinges. thereby losing its capacity to carry further compressive stresses. the resulting calculations are complex. 7. The 56 . The moment corresponding to C is given by The point D represents nearly the ultimate capacity of the flanges and the shear values when high bending is present.11(6)]: (i) Between A and B. (ii) (iii) Webs subjected to pure bending: The region beyond C of the interaction diagram represents a high bending moment.

The corresponding stresses in the web will be below yield. The ordinate of D can be calculated approximately from The complete interaction diagram can now be drawn. The clear spacing between such opening should be at least equal the longer dimension of the opening. D or 10% of the span whichever is greater The best location for the opening is within the middle third of the span.e.ultimate moment capacity to be determined by a simple formula due to Cooper (1971) is given below: = Bending moment required to produce yield in the extreme fibre of flange assuming fully effective web (i.6D and the length not greater than 2D for stiffened openings. Corners of rectangular openings should be rounded Point loads should not be applied at less than D from side of the adjacent opening. The best location for opening is where the shear force is the lowest. Web opening should be away from the support by at least twice the beam depth.6 Plate Girders with Web Openings The following general guidance is given for plate girders with web openings. The diameter of circular openings is generally restricted to 0. Unstiffened openings are not always appropriate.5D. neglecting web buckling) This value of is the moment required to produce yield in the extreme fibres of the flange. D. The depth of the rectangular openings should not be greater than 0. Depth of rectangular openings should not be greater than 0.5D for un-stiffened openings. (Point D in the interaction diagrams). 7. unless they are located in low shear and low bending moment regions.5D and the length not greater than 1. Clear Spacing between the openings should not be less than beam depth. • • • • • • • • The hole should be centrally placed in the web and eccentricity of the opening is avoided as far as possible. The above rule regarding spacing applies. • • • 57 .

the length of the welds should be sufficient to develop the full strength of the stiffener. 58 . the shear resistance is reduced by If a rectangular opening of is provided.• If stiffeners are provided at the openings. the reduction in shear resistance may be approximately evaluated as Suitable reinforcement to recover this loss of shear resistance may be designed. When a circular web opening of depth is provided. where necessary.

• The compressive force may be eccentrically transferred to the column [Fig. thereby subjecting the columns to axial compression as well as bending moments Beams from orthogonal directions in corner columns in buildings may be subjected to bending about both principal axes in addition to axial compression • • A beam-column may be subjected to single curvature bending over its length or reverse curvature bending as shown in causing variation of the nature (positive or negative) of the bending moment and curvature over the length of the column. In "short" columns. An overestimate of the vertical loading may inadvertently make the design unsafe by reducing the moment resistance capacity of the column. In "long" columns.SECTION 8: ELEMENTS SUBJECTED TO AXIAL FORCE AND BENDING 8. • In braced rigid portal frames. the failure is normajly due to overall instability of the column. the columns are subjected to sway deflection and bending. 59 . the realistic assessment of the vertical load of the column is necessary.1 Basic Behaviour of Beam Columns Columns subjected to a combined axial force and bending moments are referred to as Beam-Columns. it will transfer the bending moments to the column in addition to axial loads When a multi-storey multi-bay un-braced frame is subjected to gravity loads as well as lateral loads due to wind or earthquake. In practice. when the beam is subjected to gravity loads. all columns experience bending about one or both axis in addition to axial compression. due to one or more of the following reasons. Hence. the failure is triggered by the material reaching its ultimate capacity. and in some cases due to the material strength having been reached at the ends of the column. The presence of bending moments in the beam-columns reduces the axial force at which they fail.

Columns made of Plastic and Compact Cross sections A short member (stub column). at the squas load. made of non-slender (plastic / compact) section under axial compression. fails by yielding.8.1 Beam-Columns in Frames 8. by give 60 .2 Short Beam .Fig.

is the yield strength of the material.Where. 8.2(6)] where. 61 .8. Fig. This causes reduction in the effective area of the cross section to a value below the gross area. Similarly a short member made of plastic or compact section and subjected to only bending moment fails at the plastic moment capacity.3 Long Beam-Columns Typically steel columns in practice are long and slender: Such slender columns when axially compressed tend to fail by buckling rather than yielding. and is the gross area of the cross section.1. in the case of plastic and compact sections. and the member fails at a load below given by Eqn. 8. the plate elements of the cross section undergo local buckling before reaching the yield stress.2 Stresses in Short Beam-Columns 8. • • in a column within a floor between the ends of the columns (sway) at adjacent floors The consequent magnified deflection and bending moments are approximately allowed for in the design method described in section 8. The additional deflection and bending moment are due to the axial load acting on the deformed column as given below. S = plastic section modulus of the cross section. If the stub column is made of slender cross section.5. given by [Fig.

1 Effects of slenderness ratio and axial force on modes of failure Beam-columns may fail by flexural yielding or torsional flexural buckling. These are discussed below. conservatively.1 Local section failure This is usually encountered in the columns with relatively small axial compression ratio reverse curvature.4 Modes of Failure The following are the possible modes of failure of beamcolumns 8. using which it is possible to obtain the resistance of members. The actual mode of failure will depend upon the magnitude of the axial load and eccentricity as well as the slenderness ratio.3 Deflection and Moment Magnification 8. simplified equations are available. case of short. stocky beam and beam-columns bent in 62 .{a) Single curvature ( b ) Double curvature ( c ) Swav Deformation Fig.3. 8.4. For design purposes. 8.

1 Local section failure The interaction equation is given by: 63 . In the case of weak axis bending of slender members the failure may be by weak axis buckling.4. or failure of the maximum moment section under the combined effect of axial force and magnified moment.3 Overall instability by torsional flexural buckling This is common in slender members subjected to large ompression and uniaxial bending about the major axis or biaxial bending. The resistance of the section may be governed by plastic buckling of plate elements in the case of plastic. • • The section failure may be due to elastic or plastic buckling of plate elements depending on the slenderness ratio (b/t) of the plate. • At the ultimate stage the member undergoes biaxial bending and torsional instability mode of failure.5 Design Equations The design rules are given below in the form of linear interaction equations to verify resistance of the section against local section failure as well as member failure by flexural yielding and torsional flexural buckling. compact sections and semi-compact or by elastic local buckling in the case of slender sections. 8.• • The resistance of the end section (reached under combined axial force and bending moment) governs the failure.4. • The member fails by reaching the ultimate resistance of the member at a section over the length of the member.2 Overall instability failure under flexural yielding This type of failure is encountered in the case of all members subjected to larger compression and single curvature bending about the minor axis as well as not very slender members subjected to axial compression and single curvature bending about the major axis. 8. 8. under the combined axial compression and magnified bending moment. These are conservative implifications of the complex non-linear failure envelopes. 8.5.

are the moment amplification factors which account for the effect of moment gradient over the member length. The is the design yield strength given by Normally. are the design compressive strength.5. and are the plastic section moduli of the cross section about the major and minor axis. These are calculated considering minor buckling in the case of compression and lateral torsional buckling in the case of bending about major axis.3 (For inplane lateral UDL over the member) = 1. 64 .2 Overall member failure The interaction equation to check the member capacity as governed by overall member buckling is given by where. are the actual axial compression. when only the corresponding axial force/bending moment is acting. instead of uniform moment over the entire length. and the bending strength about the and axis. When a designer feels that a detailed and rigorous analysis is warranted. not withstanding the approximate analysis procedure detailed in this chapter.where and are the actual compressive force and bending moments about the major axis and minor axis of the cross section. These design strengths have to be calculated considering the type of section (plastic / compact). The effect is accounted for by taking effective length to be greater than one in sway frames. is the gross area of cross section in the case of plastic / compact cross sections. the end moments after accounting for the effects have to be considered. he is free to do so. and actual bending moments about the major and minor axes. In very tall buildings with a large axial compression and large lateral sway. respectively. respectively and should be substituted for the corresponding x or y-axis. and magnification of moments due to the axial force acting on the deformed column The values of corresponding to the appropriate axis are evaluated from: = 1. respectively. More accurate evaluation of beam-column strength is possible by resorting to non-linear analysis.4 (For inplane lateral concentrated load over the member) = Axial compressive strength about the respective axis = Plastic and elastic section moduli. 8. respectively. respectively. the moments obtained from the linear-elastic analysis would suffice for normal buildings with only a few storeys and low axial compression.

the designer should ensure the following conditions: • Beams subjected to torsion should have sufficient stiffness and strength to resist the torsional moment and forces in addition to other moments and forces.Torque interaction diagrams. When necessary. interconnected bridge girders. When significant torsion is unavoidable. the designer may incorporate more accurate methods of combined torsion and bending from the relevant literature. It is well to remember that torsion will not occur if the section is loaded such that the resultant force passes through the shear centre of the cross section. Members subjected to compatibility torsion deformations need not be designed to resist the associated torsional moments provided that structure satisfies equilibrium. and the way loads are transferred to members of the frame will generally help to minimise or eliminate many potential difficulties associated with torsional effects. For fuller description of "equilibrium torsion" and compatibility torsion. 9. • • • • 6 .2 Practical Advice Designing for torsion is complex and it is wise not to transfer loads by Torsional mode. When possible.1 Introduction Torsional moments are invariably introduced in beams when the line of action of the resultant transverse force does not pass through the shear centre of the cross section.2000. reference may be made to IS: 456 . the framing should be arranged so as to minimise any torsion. the designer should consider using box girders or hollow rolled or plated sections. Stresses and deflections due to combined effects should be within the specified limits. Factored resistance of I .beams subjected to combined flexure and torsion should be determined from Moment .SECTION 9: BEAMS OF HOT ROLLED SECTIONS. SUBJECTED TO TORSION AND BENDING 9. When torsion is unavoidable due to detailing difficulties. Careful detailing. particularly when considering the load path. Beams circular in plan and supported on a few columns. The connections and bracing of such members should be carefully designed to ensure that the reactions are transferred to the supports. beams carrying loads predominantly on one side are all examples of structures where torsional moments are important.

The common practice is to make the haunch at the connection interface approximately twice the depth of the basic rafter section. there will be a corresponding increase in the moment in the column and at the column-haunch-rafter interface. The effect of introducing the haunches is to ensure that the hinges. plastic methods of analysis are mainly used.5 m. i. the centre-to-centre distance between frames is of the order 6 to 7. The resulting solution usually proves to be economical.1 General Design Consideration Portal frames are the most commonly used structural forms for single-storey industrial structures.1). from the point of economy.1). haunch is usually extended along the rafter and column adequately to reduce the maximum moments in the uniform portion of the rafter and columns and hence reduce the size of these members. The most common form of portal frame used in the construction industry is the pinned-base frame with different rafter and column member size and with haunches at both the eaves and apex connections (Fig. With the advent of new cladding systems. This in addition increases the section strength.SECTION 10: PORTAL FRAMES 10. 10. 10.1) vary in the range of 1 in 10 to 7 in 3 depending upon the type of sheeting and its seam impermeability.e. hinges can develop at their ends. Normally. Due to this. The saving in weight is usually sufficient to offset the additional cost of haunch. axial thrust and shear force transferred by the joining members. Due to transportation requirements. larger spacing of frames is used in the case of taller buildings. For the design of portal frames. to obtain economical designs.rafter junction to the ends of the haunches. depending upon rotational restraint provided by the foundation and the connection detail between the stanchion and foundations. This allows the use of smaller rafter member compared to column member. with eaves height ranging from 6 -15 m . 7 . Although a short length of the haunch is enough to produce an adequate lever arm for the bolt group. Moment-resisting connections should be provided at the eaves and crown to resist moments under lateral and gravity loadings. because the total length of the rafter is usually greater than the total length of the column members. Therefore the lever arm of the bolt group is usually increased by haunching the rafter members at the joints. are forced away from the actual column. The stanchion bases behave as either pinned or fixed. Provided the haunch regions remain elastic. But in such cases. so that the haunch could be fabricated from the same basic section. 10. it is possible to achieve roof slopes as low as 1°. at the interface of the column and rafter members (at the eaves) and also between the rafter members at the apex (ridge) (See Fig. Generally. The slopes of rafters in the gable portal frames (Fig. As a result. field joints are introduced at suitable positions. which were assumed to be at nodes. connections are usually located at positions of high moment. The haunch must be capable of resisting the bending moment. frame deflections must be carefully controlled and the large horizontal thrusts that occur at the base should be accounted for. It is very difficult to develop sufficient moment resistance at these connections by providing 'tension' bolts located solely within the small depth of the rafter section.

b) Compute the factored design load combination(s). e) Select the section. c) Estimate the plastic moment ratios of frame members. whether to treat the distributed loads as such or to consider them as 67 . 10. These are summarized below: a) Determine possible loading conditions. and f) Check the design for other secondary modes of failure The design commences with determination of possible loading conditions.1 Typical gable frame 10.2 General Design Procedure Detailed steps in the plastic design of portals are prescribed in SP 6(6): 1972 "Handbook for Structural Engineers . in which decisions such as.(a) Haunched portal frame Fig. of the column and rafter. d) Analyse the frame for each loading condition and calculate the maximum required plastic moment resistance.Application of Plastic Theory in the Design of Steel Structures".

3 Secondary Design Considerations The 'simple plastic theory' neglects the effects of axial force. solve the panel (sway) mechanism equation.1 Influence of axial force on plastic moment Even though the presence of axial force tends to reduce the magnitude of the plastic moment resistance of the section. The moments thus obtained are the absolute minimum plastic moment values. d) Deflection at service loads. In step (b). It is often convenient to deal with equivalent concentrated loads in computer aided and plastic analysis methods. 10. So checks must be carried out for the following factors as recommended by "The Hand book for Structural Engineers" referred above. 10. For beams. The step (f) is to check the design according to secondary design considerations discussed in the following sections. b) Instability due to local buckling. the design procedure may be modified to account for its 68 . a) Reductions in the plastic moment resistance due to the effect of axial force and shear force. the frame members. the loads determined in (a) are multiplied by the appropriate load factors to assure the needed margin of safety. In addition. lateral buckling and column buckling. For beams use the ratio determined in step (i) For columns use the corner connection moments In the step (d) each loading condition is analysed by a plastic analysis method for arriving at the minimum required Based on this moment. (Assume that all joints are fixed against rotation. shear and buckling on the member resistance. connections must be designed carefully to ensure that the plastic moments can be developed at the hinge locations. select the appropriate sections in step (e). • • • At joints establish equilibrium. (ii) Now select plastic moment ratios using the following guidelines. The step (c) is to make an assumption regarding the ratio of the plastic moment capacities of the column and rafter.3. but the frame is free to sway). solve the beam mechanism equation and for columns. The following simple procedure may be adopted for arriving at the ratio. c) Brittle fracture. (i) Determine the absolute plastic moment value for separate loading conditions. The actual section moment will be greater than or at least equal to these values.equivalent concentrated loads. are to be made. These are done for all loading combinations.

Usually it is found that the reduction in moment resistance due to shear is more than compensated by the strain hardening of extreme fibre under flexure and consequently effect of shear on plastic moment resistance may be neglected in most cases. where. is the actual axial force. (a) General shear yield of the web may occur in the presence of high shear-to-moment ratios. is the plastic moment resistance of the section when the axial force is absent. is the axial force corresponding to yielding. 69 .2 The influence of shear force The effect of shear force is also to reduce the plastic moment resistance. Due to the presence of shear. (b) After the beam has become partially plastic at a critical section due to flexural yielding.3. = effective cross sectional area resisting shear after deducting the area that has yielded under flexure. The required design value of plastic section modulus of the member (Z) under combined compression and bending. two types of 'premature failure' can occur. retaining the 'plastic hinge' characteristic. is given by: 10. (c) The maximum shear resistance of a beam under combined shear and moment should be calculated as Where. The following recommendations account for effect of axial compression on • Neglect the effect of axial force on the plastic moment resistance unless where P is the actual axial force and is the axial force that could cause yielding of the full cross section.influence. the intensity of shear stress at the centre line may reach the yield condition. • If P is greater than 15 percent of is given by the modified plastic moment resistance.

10.3.3 Local buckling of flanges and webs

If the plates, of which the cross section is made, are not stocky enough, they may be subject to local buckling either before or soon after the first plastic moment is reached. Due to this, the moment resistance of the section would drop off and the rotation resistance would be inadequate to ensure formation of complete failure mechanism. Therefore, in order to ensure adequate rotation at values and to avoid premature plastic buckling, the compression elements should have restriction on the width-thickness ratios as given in section 5, corresponding to plastic sections. 10.3.4 Lateral buckling of flexural members To avoid lateral buckling and torsional displacements, bracings should be provided to compression flanges at points as given below (Fig. 10.2). (a) Lateral support to the compression flange should be provided at the location of plastic hinges. (b) The ratio of laterally unsupported length of the compression flange to the radius of gyration of the member about weak axis, should not exceed where v is defined below in Eqn. 10.4.

(c) The slenderness ratio of compression flange, unsupported length where the moment exceeds than

of the length, adjacent to the should not be greater

(d) The slenderness ratio, of the rest of the elastic portion of the member should be such that the lateral buckling strength of that portion is greater than actual maximum elastic moment in the region. where, = yield stress of the material in Mpa and may be taken conservatively as 1.0 or may be calculated using the following equation.

where is the ratio of the plastic rotation at the hinge point just as the mechanism is formed to the relative elastic rotation of the far ends of the beam segment containing the plastic hinge.

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10.3.5 Column buckling In the plane of bending of columns which would develop a plastic hinge at ultimate loading, the slenderness ratio should not exceed 120, where is the centre-to-centre distance of bracing members connecting and providing restraint against weak axis buckling of the column or the distance from such a member to the base of the column. Further, columns in moment resisting frames, where side sway is not prevented, should be so proportioned such that

The slenderness ratio, of the frame in the plane normal to the plane of frame action under consideration should be such that the following condition is satisfied.

the ratio of applied end moment to the plastic moment resistance of columns and other axially loaded members, should not exceed unity or the value given by the following formula.

Case I - For columns bent in double curvature by applied moments producing plastic hinges at both ends of the columns:

Case II - For slender struts, where

in addition to exceeding 0.75 also exceeds

should not contain plastic hinges. However, it is permissible to design the

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member as an elastic part of a plastically designed structure. Such a member should be designed according to the maximum permissible stress requirements satisfying:

where,

= axial force, compressive or tensile in a member; = maximum plastic moment resistance in the beam - column; = plastic moment resistance of the section when no axial force is acting. = lateral buckling resistance in the absence of axial load = if the beam column is adequately braced against lateral buckling = buckling resistance in the plane of bending if only axially loaded (without any bending moment) and if the beam - column is laterally braced. If the column is not adequately laterally braced, is the weak axis buckling strength under only axial compression. = Euler load = in the plane of bending;

= yield strength of axially loaded section = effective cross-section area of the member; = a coefficient whose value should be taken as follows: a) For member in frames where side sway is not prevented, b) For members in frames where side sway is prevented and not subject to transverse loading between their supports in the plane of bending:

c) For members in frames where side sway is prevented in the plane of loading and subjected to transverse loading between their supports; the value of is given by, For members whose ends are restrained against rotation, For members whose ends are unrestrained against rotation, = radius of gyration about the same axis as the applied moment; = non -dimensional slenderness ratio = the ratio of end moment; 10.4 Connections = actual strut length.

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SECTION 11: MULTI - STOREY BUILDINGS 11.1 Introduction

Recent innovations in lateral load resisting systems (e.g. frame-wall, framed tube, belt truss with outrigger, tube in tube and bundled tube systems) have enabled construction of very tall buildings elsewhere in the world using steel frames. When we build such tall structures it becomes necessary to consider some of the effects such as the effect of lateral deflection, on gravity loading, P which are normally ignored in the design of building frames of three or four storeys. A building frame deflects under lateral load. The columns of tall buildings carry large axial loads. A building frame, which deflects under lateral load, is further forced to undergo additional deflection because of the eccentricity of gravity load from the centre of gravity of the column due to the deflected shape. These two effects of large axial loads P in the columns combined with significant lateral deflection need careful consideration in the design of tall multi-storey buildings. The combined effect of the large axial loads P and lateral deflection give rise to the destabilising effect.However, in frames that are only a few storeys high, this effect is negligible and hence ignored in the analysis. It is therefore necessary to classify frames based on the relative importance of effects for the purpose of evaluating design forces. 11.2 Classification of Frames

A frame in which sway is prevented is called a "non-sway" frame. However, there are some frames, which may sway only by a small amount since the magnitude of sway in such frame is small it will have only a negligible effect. Such frames are also classified as "non-sway" frames. Therefore, to define the non-sway frame precisely, its lateral stiffness is used as the criteria irrespective of whether it is braced or not. For such frames lateral stiffness is provided by one of the following: (i) (ii) (iii) rigidity of the joints. provision of bracing system. connecting the frame to a braced frame, shear core, shear wall or a lift well.

The inter storey deflection (i.e. the difference in deflection of top and bottom end of a column in that storey) is used to quantify the lateral stiffness of the frame. The meaning of inter storey deflection is shown in Fig. 11.1(c). Fig. 11.1 ( a ) shows a typical multi storey frame subjected to factored (dead + live) load. To ascertain the stiffness of the frame, it is analysed when subjected to assumed forces of magnitude 0.5% of factored (dead + live) load applied laterally on the frame at each floor level as shown in Fig. 11.1 ( b ) for getting the inter storey deflection for the storey. Note that the lateral loads are applied without the presence of dead and live loads. The maximum for any storey is taken as a measure of the frame stiffness.

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Fig. 11.1 Approximate calculation offrame stiffness for classification of frames (according to Home's method)

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For a frame to be of the non-sway" type the maximum inter storey deflection permitted in any storey is generally taken as follows:

where hi is the height of the i'h storey (<5/ and hi are in the same units). 11.3 Idealisation of Material Behaviour for Analysis of Frames [Fig. 11.2]

The strength and stability of a rigid jointed frame is examined based on material stress -strain idealisation of its true behaviour.

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Elastic Behaviour Elastic - Plastic Behaviour Rigid Plastic Behaviour

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11. In multi-storey buildings. respectively.. members frame into them at floor levels connected rigidly.1 Limited frame method The behaviour of a column under compression is largely controlled by its effective length. Let be the effective length of the column. partially fixed. free and supported on rollers. can be idealised to be a part of a limited sub-frame shown in Fig. which is a part of the multi-storey non-sway frame. 11.4 Effective Length of Columns 11. A number of idealised end conditions such as pinned. The joint restraint coefficient for the column at the top and bottom is obtained from In Fig. The effective length factor for the column is defined as Fig.3. represents the joint stiffness of the column 1-2 at the end 1 and 2 76 . These columns become a part of either non-sway or sway frame. etc. columns are continuous and beam. the actual length between floor beams. 11. are used in textbooks to describe the restraint at the two ends of a column.3.11.4.3 Limited Substitute Frame In the figure are relative stiffness values for upper and lower column respectively. fixed. are the sum of values for beams framing into the column under examination at the top and bottom respectively. The column.

stability criteria considered are rotations that take place at top and bottom end of the column for the elastic critical load using stability functions.4(a) and for sway frame shown in Fig. 11.11.4.2 Effective length for non-sway (k3 = ) and sway k3=0 frames Based on the work of Wood. 11.5(b) for the non-sway frame shown in Fig.jointed frame braced against sidesway for 77 . 11. Fig.4(b) and Fig. In the case of non-sway frame. 11.4 (b) Effective Length ratioljlfor a column in a rigid. 11.5(a) respectively. the value of relative end restraints can be obtained from a contour Plot reproduced in Fig.4(a) Non sway frame Fig. 11.

5(a)Swayframe Fig.0".5(6) can also be used when the columns at the top and (or) bottom are continuous over stories provided that the joint stiffness at top and bottom are correctly accounted for. Subsequently. 11. 11. The effective length factor for the column for non-sway frames lie in the range of "0. it was shown by Wood that the plots in Fig.5 to 1. For sway frames the range increases to indicating clearly the contribution of lateral sway to instability. 11. the effect of lateral deflection has been considered. 11. in the case of sway frames. [Fig.5 (b) Effective Length ratio IJ1 for a column in a rigid.However.4(6) and Fig.5(a)] in addition to rotations.jointed frame with unrestricted sidesway for k3=0 78 . Fig.11.

* The relative stiffness of the bracing system to that of the frame is designated as £3 and is given by where = Storey height = Sum of the spring stiffness calculated as horizontal force required to produce unit horizontal deflection of the panel in the storey in which the column is located. 11.1) can be conveniently obtained from the unit load method as given in eqn (11.4 Effective length consideration when the frame is partially braced The above cases highlight the importance of rotational continuity being distributed by Neither plasticity or partial releasein Fig. the effective length will depend on the relative stiffness of bracing system provided.4(b) and Fig.e.2) 79 . a rational value of k at the bottom should be chosen (i. 0. stiffness should be taken as zero.4(a) with full problems. In such cases.5 if rigidly connected with transverse beams). which column considered theFig. if pinned. 11. The spring stiffness in eqn (11.3 Effective length of insufficiently restrained columns in the frames While using the charts given in Fig. These panel walls partially inhibit sway. = Modulus of Elasticity of Column = Sum of the stiffness of all columns in that storey represented by their values. it should be considered to have zero stiffness. (ii) If a framing member carries nearly full moment (90% of its moment resistance) it will not provide resistance for preventing the column from buckling when plastic hinges have formed. following limitations should be kept in view: (i) When a member is either not present or not firmly connected to the frame.4. applied to a case of a frame partially to reduce in restraint at with no restraint can be restrained by filler walls in between the framing members. For such beams. 11.9 if not rigidly connected and 0. practical foundation restraint nor the are likely either the column considered due to 11.4.11.5(a)the ends of the column. 11.5(6). (iii) If the column under question itself carries full moment (90% of its moment resistance) it will develop flexural hinge at top and bottom and as such its effective length should be taken as (iv) When the column is attached to the foundation.

11. 11.7 show the charts (currently used in reinforced concrete frames) for computing effective length ratios for sway bracing stiffness of and respectively.6 and Fig.l 1. Fig. effective length factor for a column being a part of the frame with as well as can be determined using these charts. Thus. = storey height = width of panel = thickness of panel = Modulus of Elasticity of panel Fig.where.6 Effective Length ratio for a column in a rigid. 11.7 Effective Length ratio for a column in a rigid-jointed frame with partial sway bracing of relative stiffness 80 . These charts are intended to account for the effect of partial sway bracing.jointed frame with partial sway bracing of relative stiffness Fig.

11.5 Consideration of realistic beam stiffness based on buckling mode It is assumed that the far end of the beam from the column under consideration is fully restrained.8 Critical Buckling Mode of a Braced Frame Fig. This assumption is realistic (as shown by Wood) and acceptable because about 48 to 60 percent of the width of slabs is available for stiffening beams and for carrying the fixed end moments of loaded beams. However. (Fig. 11.9 Critical Buckling Mode for an Unbraced Frame 81 . 11.The actual effective length factor for the partial sway bracing case for a particular case of bracing stiffness determined from equation (1) is determined by interpolating the values obtained for [Fig. this assumption is not appropriate for base frames which are not integral with concrete floor and hence the value used for such floors should be modified taking into account the critical buckling mode at failure.4. 11. Fig. 11.5(b)]. 11.6) and (Fig.7).

11.9.For a non-sway frame. This method has been tested for different ratios of moments acting at top and bottom of the column. The beam stiffness in this case is The effective length obtained for the column using this assumption is appropriate. Since the effects of instability are incorporated by moment magnifier method. 11.11. the effective length of the column is kept as actual length of the column itself. If they are. If we designate this moment ratio as (smaller end moment / larger end moment) the magnification factor due to instability for different ratios of is shown (by Wood) as in Fig. 11. In the simplified sway method.10. For this case. If design.5 A Simplified Sway Method In this method. the beam stiffness is In the case of a sway frame. all the moments obtained by elastic analysis due to horizontal forces be increased by this magnification factor. provided the frame is a non-sway one and proper care is taken to use reduced stiffness for beams based on the level of axial load carried by it. then the amplification factor will be The influence of frame instability on elastic response is shown in Fig. the beams are bent into single curvature as shown in Fig. to its elastic buckling load 11. 11. It is assumed that the beam members are not subjected to axial forces. the limited frame method can still be used. A more exact value can be obtained from the consideration of frame instability discussed later. the bending mode will have double curvature as shown in Fig.8. 82 . the effect of instability of the column on bending moments and deflection is considered by appropriately increasing their magnitude by a moment magnification factor where is the current load level and is the load required to cause instability.

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11. the effects of sway is considered under all combination of loading. wind loading. vertical loading is not considered and the entire frame is analysed. non-sway frames are analysed either using full frame or using substitute frame. 11. (ii) Amplified Sway Method The bending moments due to lateral loads are magnified by moment magnification factor as explained in section 11.4 Elastic design 11.3 Sway frames The frames.g.4 using limited frame method is used and the design forces are obtained.2 Non . For horizontal loading it is necessary to consider entire frame. Even when elastic design is used.6. considering vertical loading effects on sway.4 taking them as braced. Since the moments have been magnified the effective length of the column is assumed as actual length of column 84 . For load cases involving horizontal load pattern e. One of the approximate methods described earlier can be used.1 General The elastic design is made for factored loads when the deflections are small.sway frames For gravity loading. are designed considering sway. which exceed the non-sway limit as specified in Section 11.2 is applied at each storey level and one of the following two design methods is adopted to get the final design forces.6. 11. the frame is analysed for vertical gravity loading considering also pattern loading as a non-sway frame using effective length of columns applicable to those braced against sidesway. moment redistribution to the extent of 70% can be made provided compact or plastic sections are used and minor axis column moments are not reduced while maintaining equilibrium. (i) Simplified Design Method The side sway is allowed. the notional lateral load as described in section 11. The effective length as explained in section 11. The design of beams and columns are made using substitute frames for gravity loading described earlier. As a first step.2. The deflections should generally be limited to span/200.5 and the final design forces are obtained. Next. The effective length of columns is obtained as described earlier in section 11.6.

2 Deteriorated critical load The stability of a structure depends on the equilibrium state with reference to the potential energy U.1(b). The condition of stability of the frame can be assessed based on whether the first partial derivative with respect to deflection is greater than zero. The elastic critical load factor of the frame is the ratio by which each of the factored loads will have to be increased to cause elastic instability. The potential energy U is the sum of the potential energy of loads and the elastic strain energy stored Thus. more displacement will not change the system. A structure with small deformation will have a typical load-deflection curve as indicated by curve XYZ in Fig. 11.7. An approximate method based on the work of Home to arrive at a reasonable estimate of elastic buckling load is described below: Consider the rigid frame shown in Fig.7. If is the maximum of all values.12 (a). 11. 11.7 Stability Considerations of Sway Frame under Elastic .12 (b). The points X . then the elastic critical load factor is Horne has shown that the above expression gives an approximate lower bound to the elastic critical load. This load factor is also required to be used in the approximate method for evaluating elastic-plastic failure loads. When it is equal to zero the system is neutral i. When it is greater than zero the system is stable.11.Plastic Failure Loads 11.e. The effect of load due to lateral deflection in these structures is not significant. The sway index of the typical storey is Note that storey inter storey displacement.2 under lateral loads whose magnitude is 0. Thus the values of for all storeys are computed. less than zero or equal to zero.1 Elastic critical conditions It is necessary to find the lowest critical load because it shows the onset of elastic critical condition.5% of the factored dead and live loads as shown in Fig. Y and Z represent three different states of stability of the frame shown in Fig. 11. When it is less than zero the 85 . 11.1(a) and the analysis performed as indicated in section 11.

This should include the energy absorbed in plastic deformation.12(6) for a typical elastic-plastic nonlinear structure system. Consider the load deflection curve OXFD in Fig.e. a small change will cause collapse. = deteriorated critical load factor without the energy component of these parts which are plastically deforming = load factor at on set of yield. The curve OXC represents the behaviour of ideally elastic frame. 11. This is valid for an elastic system undergoing instability problem. The structure with the eliminated parts is termed "deteriorated or depleted". The following are identified with respect to "deteriorated" critical load condition: = elastic critical load factor = rigid plastic critical load factor = rigid plastic critical load considering members between hinges formed. The critical load obtained under this depleted or deteriorated structure is known as deteriorated critical load. 86 .system is unstable i. 11.12 Load-deflection curve for an elastic-plastic The failure criteria for elastic-plastic structure is similar to elastic structure with plastically deforming parts eliminated. Now the total energy is Fig. The elastic portion between plastic hinges will still be contributing to the energy.

Rankine load then Wood suggested a modification of Merchant Rankine load considering strain.Such a complete analysis as discussed above is required for a realistic estimate of deteriorated critical load. In the absence of sophisticated Computer Programme to carry out such an analysis.Wood Equation An examination of Fig. Merchant suggested that realistic failure load can be expressed as a function of and According to original Merchant Rankine Equation.12 reveals that the elastic critical value is too high and cannot be reached. Such an empirical approach proposed by Merchant Rankine Wood Equation is discussed in the next section.hardening and restraint provided by cladding when then Consider stocky structures i. 11. and 87 . 11. For slender structures. a simplified method is required for considering the deteriorated critical load for use by designers.8 Simplified Empirical Approach using Merchant . with ensures that structures have adequate strength. If we call the failure load as Merchant . If rigid plastic behaviour is assumed the critical load is represented by the drooping curve GH descending from the rigid plastic load factor.e.Rankine .

and This is applicable to clad frames in which no account has been taken of cladding. These equations are modified for unclad frames or frames where stiffness of cladding is considered as indicated below:

Thus the method involves finding the elastic critical load and the rigid plastic critical load and then appropriate equation satisfied based on whether the frame is a clad one or otherwise. 11.9 Plastic Design Plastic design of frames can be used for the frames, which are effectively braced against out of plane sway. 11.9.1 Non-sway frames The frame should be braced against lateral sway such that it can be classified as a non-sway frame as per the condition explained in section 11.2. However, while considering the sway, against lateral loads, the bending stiffness of the frame should be ignored, as its buckling resistance will not be available to prevent sidesway when the frame reaches its plastic capacity. 11.9.2 Sway frames Either of the following two methods is used: a) Rigorous Analysis: A full elastic-plastic sway analysis is performed where proper allowance is made for frame instability effects. b) Simplified Empirical Approach: A simplified frame stability check is made using Merchant-Rankine-Wood Equation provided the following conditions are satisfied. (i) The beam side-sway mechanism with hinges in all beam ends and at base of columns should be applicable. There should not be other hinges in the column, which may lead to premature failure. (ii) The column in the ground floor should be designed to remain within elastic limit. Under the combination of unfactored load and notional horizontal load to simulate sway (wind force not included), forces and moments in the frame should be within elastic limit.

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SECTION 12: CONNECTION DESIGN 12.1 General

Connections are critical components of steel structures as they have the potential for greater variability in behaviour and strength. They are more complex to design than the members and are usually the most vulnerable components in a structural system consequent on the effects of geometric imperfections, complexity of connection geometry and residual stresses and strains. 12.2 Design Philosophy

The design philosophy for connections, based on simple analysis, is summarised below. 12.2.1 Transfer of member forces to joints For most of the connections, force distribution is based on the concept of 'force paths' taking account of overall connection behaviour. The loads acting on the connection are replaced by an equivalent system of forces and assigned to specific paths through the connection. While finding the forces, the effect of the size of the joint (in reducing the design forces), has to be considered. The force resultants thus obtained should be replaced by an equivalent system of forces on the elements of the joint (e.g., the major proportion of the bending moment is carried by the flanges of a beam and the major proportion of shear force is carried by the web). The flexibility of the components of the connection is another important aspect. It is the most flexible components that will govern the distribution of forces eg. in an end plate connection, if the bolts are of small diameter and the end plate is thick, it is the bolt flexibility that will govern the distribution of forces. However, if the bolts are stiff compared to the end plates it is the flexural action of the latter that will primarily govern the distribution of forces, including the distribution of forces in the bolts. Equivalent system of forces should be in equilibrium with the external force resultants and also in equilibrium with the joint as a whole. 12.2.2 Determination of force flow in the joint Each element in the force flow path should be checked to ensure that they have (a) adequate strength to withstand the force and (b) adequate ductility to redistribute the forces to parallel elements in case of overload. The strength and ductility evaluation has to be done for all components in the force path including bolts and welds. Above discussions are related to static ultimate capacity. In addition to this the connection should achieve satisfactory serviceability, fatigue resistance etc.

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12.3 Classification of Connections There are three types of connections (i) Flexible or hinged connections - This type of connection is also known as shear connection. It will permit large angle of rotation and transmit little or no moment. These connections are also referred as "simple". (ii) Semi-rigid connections - This type of connection allows small end rotation for transmitting appreciable moment (moment less than the full moment capacity of connected members). (iii) Rigid connections - This type of connections are intended not allow any end rotation and retain a constant relative angle between the connected members under any joint rotation and transmit moment equal to full moment capacity of the members connected. The original angles between the connected members remain unchanged.

(a) Rigid Joint

(b) Hinged Joint

(c ) Semi-rigid Joint

Fig. 12.1(a) Types of Beam to Column joints

Fig. 12.1 (b) Moment versus Joint Rotation

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2 Shear Transfer Mechanism in Bearing type Bolts Friction type: In High strength Friction Grip (HSFG) bolted joints. The HSFG 2 91 . The moment versus relative joint rotation of different types of connections is shown in Fig.1 Any joint developing more than 90% of the ideal rigid joint moment may be realistically classified as rigid and similarly any joint exhibiting less than 10% of the ideal rigid joint moment classified as hinged joint. 12. 12. Only when the externally applied force exceeds the frictional resistance between the plates. often referred to as ordinary bolts / black bolts. high strength bolts are pretensioned against the plates to be bolted together.2 Bolts under shear Bearing type: The most common type is bearing bolts in clearance holes. These bolted joints achieve higher stiffness in shear because of frictional resistance between the contact surfaces. The force is transferred by bearing between the plate and bolts at the bolt holes. The behaviour of bolted connection in tension and shear is discussed below.Another factor to be kept in mind in connection design is that the joints are neither ideally hinged nor ideally rigid and all joints exhibit some relative rotation between members being joined. so that contact pressure is developed between the plates being joined. 12.4. the plates slip & the bolts bear against the bolt holes.2. 12. the joint developing moments and rotations in between are referred as semi-rigid. When external shear force is applied. The force transfer mechanism under shear is shown in Fig. The failure may be either by shearing of the bolts or bearing of the plate and the bolt.4.4 Bolted Connections Connections are normally made either by bolting or by welding. This is due to the deformation of elements in the joint.1 Types of bolted connections There are two types of bolted connection (i) Bearing type (ii) Friction type 12. the frictional resistance to slip between the plates prevents their relative slip. 12. Fig.

As the external tension is increased it is equilibrated by the increase in bolt tension.12. sometimes the opening of the joint may be accompanied by prying action (described in section 12. The variation of bolt tension due to externally applied tension is shown in Fig. the force in the bolt is almost zero. Depending on the relative flexibility of the plate and the bolt. 3 92 . since the bolts are only snug tight.3) 12. 12.4. Failure is reached due to large elongation when the root of the bolt starts yielding.5).3 Bolts under tension Bearing Type: The free body diagram of the tension transfer in a bearing type of bolted connection is shown in Fig 12. It is seen that before any external tension is applied.Connections are designed such that under service load the force does not exceed the Frictional resistance so that the relative slip is avoided during service.4 (a).4.4 (b).(See Fig.

6 Bolts in a bearing type connection subject to combined shear and tension 93 . Nominally. the force in the bolt is equal to proof load. After the external force exceeds this level.5 HSFG bolts under tension Normally. 12. the shank cross section may be more critical in the presence of significant shear and coincident bending. Tests on bearing type bolts subject to combined shear and tension show that their ultimate strengths can be represented with an elliptical interaction curve as shown in Fig. part of the load (nearly 10%) of the load is equilibrated by the increase in bolt force. Fig. The three dashed lines very closely represent the test result interaction curve. Fig. The balance of the force is equilibrated by the reduction in contact between the plates. and is the limiting shearing stress if there is no externally applied tension. in which. 12. 12.4 Bolts subjected to shear and tension Bearing Type: The bolts used in many structural steel connections are subjected to a combination of shear and tension.4. even before any external load is applied. This process continues and the contact between the plates is maintained until the contact force due to pre tensioning is reduced to zero by the externally applied load. When external load is applied.6.Friction type: In the case of HSFG bolts. the behaviour of the bolt under tension is essentially the same as that in a bearing type of joint. the design is done such that the externally applied tension doesn't exceed this level. Correspondingly there is a clamping force between the plates in contact. is the limiting tensile stress if there is no shear. 12.

it is possible to ignore its flexural action.7 (a) shows the variations in behaviour that can occur in simple. 12.7 Bolts under tension and prying However. two bolt connections. For applied loads that are less than the sum of the bolt preloads there is no significant separation of the connection components and only modest change in the bolt preload. 12. Each portion of the end plate bends into double curvature the restraining moments at the bolt centreline develop from forces at or near the tips of the end plate. the behaviour is more complex. From this point onwards to rupture the sum of the bolt loads equals the applied load. if a flexible end plate is used. If the end plate is relatively rigid and does not deflect significantly. lower the shear required to cause the connection to slip.4. the end plate separates entirely from the base. Fig. 12. Overall equilibrium is now 94 . the tension will reduce the contact force and thus. Flexure of the connected parts may lead to a significant increase in bolt load due to prying action.The compressive design is governed by Friction Type: In a slip critical connection.5 Prying action In practice it is not possible to separate the discussion of bolts in tension from that of surrounding elements. If the external tension arises because of an applied moment there will be no net change in clamping force. Any external tension will produce a corresponding reduction in clamping force between the contact surfaces. Fig. If any variation in coefficient of friction with bearing pressure is discounted there will be a linear reduction in friction capacity of the connection. Once the applied load exceeds the sum of bolt preloads.

however. the plate can fail by developing a mechanism with yield lines at the centreline of the bolt and at the distance from it.2) Even if the bolts are strong enough to carry the additional prying forces. (12.4.given by 2B = 2F+2Q. then the thickness of the end plate will have to be increased. to the plastic moment capacity of the plate From this the minimum thickness for the end plate can be obtained as (12. = distance between prying force and bolt centreline and is the minimum of. 1989) (12.(12.5 for limit state design. Therefore. or the value given by Eqn. The design formula for minimum prying force is given by (Owens and Cheal. is the distance from the bolt centreline to the toe of the fillet weld or to half the root radius for a rolled section.2). the effective width of flange per pair of bolts. the proof stress in consistent units and t is the thickness of the end plate. 12. In the case of HSFG bolts. 95 .6 Failure of bolted connection Connections in shear: The failure of connections with bearing bolts in shear involves either bolt failure or the failure of the connected plates. The effect of the amplification of the bolt forces is twofold: there is an earlier separation of the connection elements with a reduction in connection stiffness once separation has occurred.3) The corresponding prying force will be If the total force in the bolt exceeds the tensile capacity of the bolt. 2 for non pre-loaded bolt. 1. can be obtained by equating the moment in the plate at the bolt centreline (point A) and at the distance from it (point B). the minimum thickness of the end plate to avoid yielding of the plate.1) where. either the end distance. it may simply be a slip between the connected plates. and the ultimate capacity is reduced.

if slip cannot be allowed) then one has to calculate the slip resistance. which will govern the design.9 times their proof load. However. HSFG bolts. If the attached plate is allowed to deform. the plate may also tear or burst at the edge due to inadequate edge distance.(1) Bearing bolts In connections made with bearing type of bolts. 12. However. since HSFG bolts are designed to withstand working loads without slipping. and failure of plate takes place in bearing In addition to the above.7. which are pretensioned and thus have less ductility. These are therefore normally designed to take only 0. the bolt has to have adequate distance from the edge of the plate. 7 96 . to develop the full bearing stress. Even in the Limit State method. The prying forces can be kept small by using a thick plate or by limiting the distance between the bolt and the plate edge. QZD (2) HSFG bolts HSFG bolts will come into bearing only after slip takes place. are susceptible to failure. the slip resistance needs to be checked anyway as a Serviceability Limit State. Therefore. Therefore if slip is critical (i.e. Tension Failure: In a tension or hanger connection. if slip is not critical. the applied load produces tension in the bolts. and limit state method is used then bearing failure can occur at the Limit State of collapse and needs to be checked. additional tensile forces called prying forces are developed in the bolts as shown in Fig. the failure may be due to • • • shearing takes place at the bolt shear plane failure of bolt takes place in bearing. Black bolts and turned and fitted bolts have sufficient ductility to take care of prying forces simply by an increase in the bolt strain under constant yield stress.

Computing the shear fracture strength on the gross area subject to tension and adding it to the tensile yield strength on the area subject to shear on the perpendicular segment. When a tensile load applied to a particular connection is increased the fracture strength of the weaker plane will be approached. The strength as governed by block shear is the minimum of Check for block shear should be carried out when using high strength bolts with minimum pitch and edge distances and in coped sections.5 Code Provisions 12. For this situation it is possible for a "block" of steel to tear out as shown in Fig.5. then the primary resistance to a block shear failure is shearing and not tensile and vice versa. (ii) Failure by block shear occurs when a portion of the member tears out in a combination of tension and shear. Thus it is not correct to add the fracture strength of stronger plane to the fracture strength of the weaker plane to determine shear resistance of a particular member. Fig. The total strength is obtained from the sum obtained by adding the fracture strength of the stronger plane plus the yield strength of the weaker plane. 12. The plane will not fail because the stronger plane restrains it. (i) Computing the tensile fracture strength on the net section in one direction and adding to that value the shear yield strength on the gross area on the perpendicular direction. 12.12. The load can be increased until the fracture strength of stronger plane is reached. Part 1 (1985) (1) Fastener Spacing and edge distances: 8 97 .Block Shear: Block shear failure is another mode of failure wherein the failure may occur along a path involving tension on one plane and shear on a perpendicular plane. Thus.9. the block shear strength of a particular member is determined by.1 Summary of code provisions in BS5950.9 Block Shear If a member has a large shear area and a small tensile area.

25 D sawn or planned edge For a sheared or hand flame cut edge 1. The bearing strength of the plate is given by 98 . is the nominal diameter of the bolt and is the combined thickness of the thinner plates bearing on the bolt in any direction. machine flame cut. 1. where py is the design strength of steel ( 2 ) Bearing Bolts: (i) Shear Capacity: The shear strength per bolt is given by where is the ultimate shear stress in the bolt. the shear area (ii) is Bearing Capacity : The bearing strength per bolt is given by is the permissible bearing stress. where.Pitch of bolts: where d0 is the nominal diameter and t is the thickness of the thinner element Edge and End distances: Minimum edge and end distances: Quality of cut Edge and end distance For a rolled.40 D and any end D is the diameter of the holes Maximum edge distances: Maximum edge distance is for corrosive environment.

is taken as (v) Bolts subject to Tension: The tension capacity. for oversized holes and long slots perpendicular to the load and for long slots parallel to the load).where. is the permissible bearing stress for the plate. and is the tensile stress area (vi) Bolts subject to Combined Shear and Tension: When bolts are subject to both shear and tension then the following condition should be satisfied. of a splice or end connection in a compression or tension element containing more than two bolts exceeds the shear capacity. which takes care of the frictional area in different hole types for clearance holes. of a bolt is given by where is the tension strength of bolt. Slip resistance per bolt Where is a factor. the shear capacity. should be taken as where length of the joint exceeds five times the nominal (iv) Large grip lengths: When the grip length diameter. 99 . (2) Friction type bolts (i) Slip Resistance: Slip Resistance of parallel shank HSFG bolts is given by an expression similar to the frictional force between surfaces in contact. is the end distance and is the thickness of the plate (hi) Long Joints: When the joint length.

the following relation has to be satisfied. manner of welding. (ii) Bearing strength: The bearing strength of plates for parallel shank friction grip fasteners is given by (12. of a splice or end connection in a compression or tension element containing more than two bolts exceeds 500 mm.15) Where. (v) Combined Shear and tension failure: For HSFG bolts subjected to combined action of shear and tension. Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW). = tension capacity 12.9 times their proof load.0. metal-active gas welding (MAG) and stud welding are commonly used arc welding processes. The generally employed welding methods are gas and arc welding.1 Weld symbols The symbolic representation of welds includes elementary symbols along with a) Supplementary symbol. = applied shear.is the slip factor .6. But the most common welding process is arc welding. the shear capacity.45 for untreated (non-galvanised. non-painted) surfaces and is the proof load. b) A means of showing dimensions. 100 . or c) Some complementary indications.6 Welded Connection = applied tension.13) Where e is the end distance and is the bearing stress. submerged-arc welding (SAW). manual metal-arc welding (MMA). and type of electrode. 12. = shear capacity and Static strength of a welded joint depends upon factors such as type and size of the weld. should be taken as (12.14) (iv)Tension Failure: HSFG bolts are designed to take only 0. (iii) Long Joints: When the joint length. (12.

and radiography.3 Welding inspection It is essential that welded joints are thoroughly examined and defects are detected so that any possible distress could be averted. liquid penetrants. 12.6. 101 103 . • Incomplete weld.6. Butt welds are used at an edge-to-edge junction or a tee junction and is made by bringing the plates to be joined face to face edgewise and then filling the cavity formed by edge preparation or by just penetrating the unprepared junction. but not exceeding 2 mm and the length more than 500 mm can be accepted. "Scheme Of Symbols for Welding" gives all the details of weld representation in drawings. 12. molten metal flow. 12. slag inclusion on pores located separately or as a chain shall not exceed 10% of metal thickness but not greater than 2 mm when welding is done from both the sides and 15% of metal thickness.4 Types of welds The commonly used forms of welds are butt welds and fillet welds. Fig. For metal thickness up to 10 mm. ultrasonic testing. Incomplete penetration and cracks are not allowed at or near the end or beginning of a joint. • Total of incomplete penetration. magnetic particles. The aggregate length of flaw shall not be more than 200 mm per meter length of the joint. incomplete penetration with thickness up to 5% of the parent metal thickness.10 shows different types of butt welds. incomplete penetration with thickness up to 15% of parent metal thickness but not exceeding 3 mm at the root is allowed. • Total of isolated gas pores and slag inclusion shall not exceed 5 in number per square centimetre of the weld. There are several non-destructive testing methods to check the quality of welds such as visual inspection. Butt welds can be either full penetration or partial penetration. but not greater than 3 mm when welding is done from one side. pits and cracks shall not be allowed. • Slag inclusion located along the weld as a chain or unbroken line is allowed if their aggregate length does not exceed 200 mm per meter of weld length. undercuts shall not be greater than 1 mm.IS: 813-1986. undercuts shall not be more than 0.6. 12. For metal thickness more than 10 mm.2 Weld defect acceptance levels In general the following weld defects detected during inspection are acceptable for structures. • For joints welded from both the sides.5 mm. • For joints welded from one side with out backing strip. Size of the slag may also be considered.

Fillet welding could be applied for lap joints. Fig. The throat size is specified by the effective throat thickness. Design stress value is often taken to be the same as the parent metal strength. a provision is made to ensure that it is safe against shear failure. the effective area of the butt-welded connection is taken as the effective length of the weld times the throat size.6.5 Design of butt weld The butt weld is normally designed for direct tension or compression.A fillet weld is made away from the edges of the abutting plates and is formed by welding the members in an overlapped position or by using a secondary joining material. tee joints and corner joints. Effective length of the butt weld is taken as the length of the continuous full size weld. However. For design purposes. Fig.10 Different types of butt joints Fig.11 Fillet (a) side welds and (b) end welds 12. 102 . 12.11 shows the two types of fillet welds: side fillet weld and end fillet weld. 12. 12.

welded from both sides. In instances.For a full penetration butt weld. 103 . the weld metal is built up at the junction equal to a thickness which is at least 25 % greater than the thinner part or equal to the dimension of the thicker part [Fig. For partial penetration weld effective throat thickness is taken as the minimum thickness of the weld metal common to the parts joined.12(c)]. For butt welding parts with unequal cross sections. They are not to be used in locations subjected to dynamic or alternating stresses. For field welds.12 (a) & (b)]. the dimensions of the wider or thicker part should be reduced at the butt joint to those of the smaller part. the design stresses in shear and tension may be reduced to 80% of the above value. Unsealed butt welds of V. Where reduction of the wider part is not possible. For a butt weld reinforced on both sides the effect of reinforcement should be neglected for estimating the throat dimensions. 12. shall not be greater than lA thickness of the thinner part joined. Fig. a maximum value of reduced effective throat thickness equal to 5/8 of the thickness of the thinner part joined must be used. the ends of the weld shall be returned to ensure full throat thickness.12 Butt welding of members with (a)&(b) unequal thickness (c) unequal width Design stresses for butt welds are assumed same as for the parent metal with a thickness equal to the throat thickness. the throat dimension is usually assumed as the thickness of the thinner part of the connection. Intermittent butt welds are used to resist shear only and the effective length should not be less than four times the longitudinal space between the effective length of welds nor more than 16 times the thinner part. This is applicable in cases where the difference in thickness exceeds 25 % of the thickness of the thinner part or 3. and should be in the central portion. excluding reinforcement. U. The slope provided at the joint for the thicker part should not be steeper than one in five [Figs.0 mm. where this is not practicable. or thickness. The unwelded portion in partial penetration butt welds. whichever is greater. 12. For stress calculation. J and bevel types and incomplete penetration butt welds should not be used for highly stressed joints and joints subjected to dynamic and alternating loads. 12. say unequal width.

12.6.6 Design of fillet weld A simple approach to design is to assume uniform fillet weld strength in all directions and to specify a certain throat stress value. The average throat thickness is obtained by dividing the applied loads summed up in vectorial form per uniFor stress calculations, the effective throat thickness should be taken as K times fillet size, where K is a constant. Values of K for different angles between tension fusion faces are given in Table 12.2. Fillet welds are normally used for connecting parts whose

Fig.12.14 (a) fillet welds on square edge of plate, (b) fillet welds on round toe of rolled section Table 12.2. Value o f K for different angles between fusion faces

Thickness of thicker part Over (mm) Up to and including (mm)

Minimum size (mm)

10 3 10 20 5 For a 20 penetration weld, the depth of penetration should be a minimum of 2.4 mm. deep 32 6 Then 32 size of the weld is minimum leg length plus 2.410(Minimum of a fillet weld the 50 8 (First run) mm. The size should not be less than 3 mm or more than the thickness of the thinner part joined. size of fillet) Mi Table 12.1 Minimum size of first run or of a single run fillet weld Table 12.1 Minimum size of first run or of 3 single run fillet a 10 12.6.6-Design of fillet weld weld A simple approach to design is to assume uniform fillet weld strength Minimum size Thickness of thicker part 10 20 Table 12.1specify a includingfirst run orvalue. The average Minimum size of (mm) of 5 single run fillet a (mm) in all directions and toUp to and certain throat stress Over (mm) weld throat thickness is obtained by dividing the applied loads summed up in 3 vectorial (a) fillet welds on square edge of plate, (b) fillet welds on round toe of rolled form per unit length by10 throat size. Alternatively, design the Fig.12.14 20 32 6 20 strength can 10 different with direction of the load vector. This5method sectionbe 20 32 6 is limited in usage to cases of pure shear, tension or compression. It 32 50 cannot be used in cases where the load vector direction varies10(Minimum 32 50 8 (First8 (First run) around run) 10(Minimum Table 12.2. Value othe simple method, the stress fusionof sizethe fillet) weld group. For f K for different angles between issize faces of vector taken fillet) as sum of the force components acting in the weld divided by the throat area. Angle between 60° - 90° 91°-100° 101°-106° 107°-113° 114°-120° Table 12.1 Minimum size of first run or of a single run fillet weld fusion faces 104 The size of a normal fillet should be taken as the minimum leg size 60° 90° 91°-100° a single run 107°-113° 114°-120° Table 12.6.6-Design ofsize of weld run or of 101°-106° fillet 3 12.1 Minimum -fillet first 10 (Fig. 12.13). weld square A simpleaapproach to design isshould be at least 1.5 mm lessstrength edge edge of part, the weld size to assume uniform fillet weld than the 20 Constant [Fig. 0.70 0.65 0.55 0.50 thickness K 10 12.14 (a)] .to specify roundeda toe of stress value. The average size Table in all Minimum and of first run or of 0.60 12.1 directions size For the a certain single run fillet section, the weld throat a rolled 5 should not exceed 3/4 thickness of the section atthe applied loads summed up in weld throat thickness is obtained by dividing the toe [Fig. 12.14 (b)] . 12.6.6 Design of form per unit length by the throat size. Alternatively, design fillet weld vectorial 32 6 n should be a20 minimum of 2.4 mm. Then the size of the weld is minimum leg length strength can be of a fillet with direction of be less than 3 mm ormethod different weld should not the load vector. This more than the plus 2.4 mm. The sizedesign is to assume uniform fillet weld strength in all directions A simple approach tousage to cases of pure shear, tension or is limited in part joined. thickness of the thinner throat stress Minimum size requirement compression. It given of fillet and to specify a certain in cases where the The average direction varies welds is by cannot be usedEffective throat thicknessvector throat thickness is obtained around 32 50value. load 8 (First run) less than 3 below in the applied loads summed up in vectorialshould not be10(Minimum mm and Table 12.1. dividing form issize uniFor stress weld group. For the1.0 t under specialthe stress per taken fillet) is vector simple method, circumstances, of as the calculations, should not exceed 0.7 t and where't' the thickness the effective of the thickness should be taken in thetimes fillet size,by the throat sum throat force components acting as K weld divided where K is a of thinner part. constant. Values of K for different angles between tension fusion faces are given in area. Table 12.2. Fillet welds are normally used for connecting parts whose The size of a normal fillet should be taken as the minimum leg size 60° - 90° 91°-100° 101°-106° 107°-113° 114°-120° Table 12.1 Fig.12.14 (a) fillet welds on square edge of plate, (b) fillet welds on round toe of rolled (Fig. 12.13). Minimum size of first run or of a single run fillet weld section

For stress calculations, the effective throat thickness should be taken as K times fillet size, where K is a constant. Values of K for different angles between tension fusion faces are given in Table 12.2. Fillet welds are normally used for connecting parts whose fusion faces form angles between 60° and 120°. The actual length is taken as the length having the effective length plus twice the weld size. Minimum effective length should not be less than four times the weld size. When a fillet weld is provided to square edge of a part, the weld size should be at least 1.5 mm less than the edge thickness [Fig. 12.14 (a)] . For the rounded toe of a rolled section, the weld size should not exceed 3/4 thickness of the section at the toe [Fig. 12.14 (b)] . For stress calculations, the effective throat thickness should be taken as K times fillet size, where K is a constant. Values of K for different angles between tension fusion faces are given in Table 12.2. Fillet welds are normally used for connecting parts whose fusion faces form angles between 60° and 120°. The actual length is taken as the length having the effective length plus twice the weld size. Minimum effective length should not be less than four times the weld size. When a fillet weld is provided to square edge of a part, the weld size should be at least 1.5 mm less than the edge thickness [Fig. 12.14 (a)] . For the rounded toe of a rolled section, theplate, (b) fillet welds not exceed 3/4 Fig.12.14 (a) fillet welds on square edge of weld size should thickness of the section at the toe [Fig. 12.14 (b)] . on round toe of rolled section

Table 12.2. Value o f K for different angles between fusion faces

Fig.12.14 (a) fillet welds on square edge of plate, (b) fillet welds on round toe of rolled section Table 12.2. Value o f K for different angles between fusion faces

Generally speaking, continuous welding is preferred because of its superior performance in dynamic loading. However intermittent fillet welds may sometimes be provided where the strength required is less than that can be developed by a continuous fillet weld of the smallest allowable size for the parts joined. The length of intermediate welds should not be less than 4 times the weld size with a minimum of 40 mm. The clear spacing between the effective lengths of the intermittent welds should be less than or equal to 12 times the thickness of the thinner member in compression and 16 times in tension; in no case the length should exceed 20 cm. Chain intermittent welding is better than staggered intermittent welding. Intermittent fillet welds are not used in main members exposed to weather. For lap joints, the overlap should not be less than five times the thickness of the thinner part. For fillet welds to be used in slots and holes, the dimension of the slot or hole should comply with the following limits:

105 a) The width or diameter should not be less than three times the thickness or 25 mm whichever is greater b) Corners at the enclosed ends or slots should be rounded with a radius not less than 1.5 times the thickness or 12 mm whichever is greater, and

c) The distance between the edge of the part and the edge of the slot or hole, or between adjacent slots or holes, should be not less than twice the thickness and not less than 25 mm for the holes. The effective area of a plug weld is assumed as the nominal area of the whole in the plane of the faying surface. Plug welds are not designed to carry stresses. If two or more of the general types of weld (butt, fillet, plug or slots) are combined in a single joint, the effective capacity of each has to be calculated separately with reference to the axis of the group to determine the capacity of the welds.

Fig. 12.15 End returns The high stress concentration at ends of welds is minimised by providing welds around the ends as shown in Fig. 12.15. These are called end returns. End returns are invariably provided for welded joints that are subject to eccentricity, impact or stress reversals. The end returns are provided for a distance not less than twice the size of the weld. 12.6.7 Slot welds When the lengths available for the normal longitudinal fillet welds are not sufficient to resist the loads, slot and plug welds [Fig. 12.16] are used to develop the required strength. Plug welds when used to fill the holes that are temporarily made for erection bolts for beam and column connections, their strength may not be considered in the overall strength of the joint.

Fig. 12.16 Slot and Plug welds The limitations given in specifications for the maximum sizes of plug and slot welds are necessary to avoid large shrinkage, which might be caused around these welds when they exceed the specified sizes. The strength of a plug or slot weld is calculated by considering the allowable stress and its nominal area in the shearing plane. This area is usually

104 106

The length of the slot weld can be obtained from the following relationship: 12. the load is said to be eccentric. Fig. The bolt group is analysed by resolving the eccentric load into a concentric load acting through the centroid of bolt group and a torsional moment where The moment acts with respect to the centroid of the bolt group as a centre of rotation. is the tension.7 Eccentric Connection When external load does not pass through the centre of gravity of the bolt or weld group.18) Where. it causes shear and torsion (Fig. and is the polar moment of inertia of the weld. For convenience.17] Bolted Connection: If the applied load lies in the plane of the connection.referred to as the faying surface and is equal to the area of contact at the base of the slot or plug. The eccentricity causes either in plane moment and rotation or out of plane moment and shear. and co-ordinates reflect the positive and Welded Connection: When the applied load lies in the plane of the fillet weld connection. ■ Load lying in the plane of connection [Fig. 12. 12. The force caused by torsion is determined using the formula = (Moment / Polar moment of inertia) (12. the bolt group is subjected to shear and torsional moment. the force can be decomposed into its vertical and horizontal components: 107 .18). 12.17 Bolt group eccentrically loaded in shear The resultant force on each bolt is given by Where n is the number of bolts in the bolt group and the negative values of the bolt location as appropriate. s is the distance from the centre of gravity of the weld to the point under consideration. P can be resolved into components and acting at distances of and respectively from the centroid.

it is a usual practice to assume a unit size weld and compute the stresses on a weld of unit length. From the maximum weld force per unit length the required size of the fillet weld can be calculated.19. The neutral axis may be assumed to be at a distance of one-sixth of the total depth d.Where. is the pitch of bolts and is the design strength of the bolt. is the shearing stress and is the reaction and is the total length of the weld. 12. 12. then the neutral axis will pass through the centre of gravity of the bolt group. Fig. 12.19 (b).19] Load Bolted Connection: In the connection shown in Fig. The nominal tensile force in the bolts can be calculated assuming it to be proportional to the distance of the bolt from the neutral axis in Fig.21. For bolts with initial tension the number of bolts required is taken as 80% of Eqn. 12. 108 . When there is no initial tension in bolts the number of bolts required may be calculated using the equation given below Where m is the number of bolt lines. While designing a weld subjected to combined shear and torsion. 12. If there is initial tension in bolts.18 Welds subjected to shear and torsion ■ lying out of plane of connection [Fig. the bolts are subjected to combined shear and tension. and denote the vertical and horizontal components of the distance The stress due to shear force is calculated by the following expression Where.

12. These bending and shear stress variations are shown in Fig. But. if the bending stress is calculated by the flexure formula.20 Variation of bending and shear stress Fig. It may be observed here that the locations of maximum bending and shearing stresses are not the same. 12. for design purposes the stresses need not be combined at a point. the shear stress variation for vertical welds is parabolic with a maximum value equal to 1. It is generally satisfactory if the weld is designed to withstand the maximum bending stress and the maximum shear stress separately. 12.Welded Connection: In the case of welds. it is a common practice to treat the variation of shear stress as uniform if the welds are short. Hence.5 times the average value. Fig.20.21. 12. If the welds used are as shown in Fig. it can be safely assumed that the web welds would carry all the of the shear and the flange welds all of the moment.21 Weld provision for carrying shear and moment 109 .

Much thicker material up to 8 mm can be formed if pre-galvanised material is not required for the particular application. formed during rolling.e. it should be supported along one longitudinal edge by the web and along the other by a web or lip or other edge stiffener. the yield stress may be regarded as having been enhanced by a minimum of 15%.1 An intermittently stiffened element is made of a very wide thin element. Pre-galvanised or pre-coated metals can be formed. An unstiffened element is one. i. Generally these are available for use as basic building elements for assembly at site or as prefabricated frames or panels. Sometimes they are also called Light Gauge Steel Sections or Cold Rolled Steel Sections. the yield strength of steel sheets used in cold-formed sections is at least although there is a trend to use steels of higher strengths. when the element buckles on loading. Some of the main advantages of cold rolled sections are as follows: • • 13. and range from purlins to roof sheeting and floor decking.1 General Thin sheet steel products are extensively used in building industry. the increase being the consequence of cold working well into the strain-hardening range. is called a stiffened element. The effect of cold working is thus to enhance the mean yield stress by 15% . without application of heat) from steel sheets of uniform thickness.SECTION: 13 COLD FORMED STEEL SECTIONS 13. which is supported by webs along both its longitudinal edges.e. so that high resistance to corrosion. a bend) which has sufficient flexural rigidity to maintain straightness of the edge. (e. An element. For purposes of design. their manufacturing process involves forming steel sections in a cold state (i. A rule of thumb is that 110 . can be achieved.30%. In order that a flat compression element be considered as a stiffened element. Normally. Stiffened and unstiffened elements are shown in Fig.g. and also sometimes as low as Cold forming has the effect of increasing the yield strength of steel. The strength/weight ratio of cold-formed sections is significantly high compared with hot rolled sections. These increases are predominant in zones where the metal is bent by folding.2 Cross sectional shapes are formed to any desired shape and to close tolerances and these can be consistently repeated for as long as required. The method of manufacturing differentiates these products from hot rolled steel sections. These are given the generic title Cold Formed Steel Sections. 13. Stiffened and Unstiffened Elements Cold-formed steel elements are either stiffened or unstiffened. which is supported along one longitudinal edge only with the other parallel edge being free to displace. besides an attractive surface finish. which has been divided into two or more narrow sub elements by the introduction of intermediate stiffeners. The thickness of steel sheet used in cold-formed construction is usually 1 to 3 mm. These thin steel sections are cold-formed.

Fig.1 Stiffened and Unstiffened elements 13. Regions near the supports are far more effective and are taken to be fully effective. then the edge-stiffened element may be treated as having a local buckling coefficient ( K ) value of 4. The section behaviour is modelled on the basis of the effective width 111 . Lightly stressed regions at centre are ignored.the depth of simple "lips" or right-angled bends should be at least one-fifth of the adjacent plate width.0. 13. More exact formulae to assess the adequacy of the stiffeners are sometimes employed. for purposes of design calculations. as these are least effective in resisting the applied stresses. If the stiffener is adequate.2.1 Effective width concept The effects of local buckling can be evaluated by using the concept of effective width. If the edge stiffener is inadequate (or only partially adequate) its effectiveness is disregarded and the element will be regarded as unstiffened.

in width of the element. thickness of the element.The effective width. The buckling coefficient for the member having a width of the type shown above is given by in a lipped channel of 112 . in Modifications are necessary for an unstiffened element under uniform compression and for elements under combined bending and axial load. section geometry etc. multiplied by the edge stress is the same as the mean stress •across the section multiplied by the total width of the compression member.2. When then Where compressive stress on the effective element. BS5950: Part 5 provides a semi-empirical formula for basic effective width. 13. The effective width of an element under compression is dependent on the magnitude of the applied stress the width/thickness ratio of the element and the edge support conditions. Typical formula given in BS 5950. Part 5 for computing K values for a channel element is given below for illustration (See BS 5950. to conform to extensive experimental data. For example.2 Local buckling of compressed plates The effective width concept is usually modified to take into account the effects of yielding and imperfection. Part 5 for a complete list of buckling coefficients). local buckling stress given by load buckling coefficient which depends on the element type.

0 or The buckling coefficient for the element of width is given by is computed from Eqn. respectively. (Note: should not be less than 4. Maximum width to thickness ratios: The maximum permitted ratios of (b/t) for compression elements are as follows: • • • Stiffened elements with one longitudinal edge connected to a flange or web element and the other stiffened by a simple lip = 60 Stiffened elements with both longitudinal edges connected to other stiffened elements = 500 Unstiffened compression elements = 60 The designer should guard against the elements developing very large deformations. elements having and provided with simple lip having one fifth of the element width may be regarded as a stiffened element.3 Treatment of elements with stiffeners Edge Stiffeners: As stated previously. Where are the thicknesses of element width normally and will be equal).2.For the member having the width of in the above sketch. then the width required for the lip may become too large and the lip itself may have 113 . 60. 2(b) given above. when b/t values exceed half the values tabulated above. 13.425 as the case may be. The computed values of 0.

In the case of compression members. the total effective area of the element may be obtained by adding effective areas of the sub-elements to the full areas of stiffeners. When is larger than 60. Similarly very wide elements can be divided into two or more narrower sub elements by introducing intermediate stiffeners formed during the rolling 114 .2. the portions located close to the supported edges are effective. Intermediate stiffeners: A wide and ineffective element may be transformed into a highly effective element by providing suitable intermediate stiffeners (having a minimum moment of inertia about an axis through the element mid surface). The required minimum moment of inertia of the stiffener about the axis 0-0 in Fig. Special types of lips (called "compound" lips) are designed in such cases and are usually validated by tests. In the case of flexural members. the effectiveness of the intermediately stiffened elements is somewhat reduced due to shear lag effects. 13. generally.2. as they are not subjected to bending.stability problems.5 Proportioning of stiffeners The performance of unstiffened elements could be substantially improved by introducing stiffeners (such as a lip).3 is given by: Where = larger flat width of the sub element (see Fig. not subject to any reduction of width.3) between stiffeners = thickness of the element = yield stress If the sub-element width/thickness ratio does not exceed 60. Elements in tension are. As a general rule. 13.4 Effective section properties In the analysis of member behaviour. If an element has a number of stiffeners spaced closely and then generally all the stiffeners and sub elements can be considered to be effective. the effective section properties are determined by summing up the effective widths of individual elements. 13. of course. all elements may be subject to reductions in width. 13. only the compression elements are considered to have reduced effective widths.

For elements having a full width b less than or equal to 60 t. When then the total effective area of the element is obtained as the sum of the effective areas of each sub element to the full areas of stiffeners. the required overall depth is given by Note that both the above equations given by the Indian Standards are dependent on the units employed. when the lip or the edge stiffener has a moment of inertia about an axis through the plate middle surface equal to or greater than Where t and b are the thickness and breadth of the full width of the element to be stiffened.e. The Indian standard IS: 801-1975 prescribes a minimum moment of inertia for the lip given by Where = minimum allowable moment of inertia of stiffener about its own centroidal axis parallel to the stiffened element in = flat width . the sum of the "effective widths" of individual sub elements will enhance the efficiency of the section. a simple lip of one fifth of the element width (i.l (b) by replacing the sub element width in place of the element width b. A maximum b/t ratio of 90 is regarded as the upper limit for load bearing edge stiffeners. The minimum moment of inertia about an axis through the element middle surface required for this purpose (according to BS 5950. Part 5) is given in Eqn (4) above. Part 5 an unstiffened element (when provided with a lip) can be regarded as a stiffened element. it would be appropriate to design a lip to ensure that the lip itself does not develop instability. = Yield stress in For a simple lip bent at right angles to the stiffened element.process. b/5) can be used safely.thickness ratio of the stiffened element. For lips with b > 60 t. The effective widths of each sub element may be determined according to Eqn 1 (a) and Eqn. According to BS 5950. Intermediate Stiffeners: Intermediate stiffeners are used to split a wide element into a series of narrower and therefore more effective elements. 115 .

1975. In these circumstances.e.When the sub elements having a larger values are employed the performance of intermittently stiffened elements will be less efficient. the effective stiffener area varies between given below: and as It must be noted that when small increases in the areas of intermediate stiffeners are provided. the stiffeners and sub elements may be considered to be fully effective. When stiffeners are closely spaced. the complete element is replaced for purposes of analysis by an element of width b and having fictitious Where = Moment of inertia of the complete element including stiffeners. the width of flange projecting beyond the web is limited to Where = flange thickness = depth of beam = the amount of curling = average stress in as specified in IS: 801 . When the flanges of a flexural member is unusually wide. 116 . so long as the complete element width does not exceed 500 t. the sub element effective width must be reduced to given by. IS: 801. it is possible to obtain large increases in effectiveness and therefore it is advantageous to use a few intermediate stiffeners. However there is a tendency for the complete element (along with the stiffeners) to buckle locally. i. about its own neutral axis.1975 also suggests some simple rules for the design of intermediate stiffeners. To model this reduced performance. The effective stiffener areas are also reduced when by employing the equation: For values between 60 and 90.

making suitable modifications to take account of local buckling of the webs. the effect of local buckling should invariably be taken into account in thin walled members. This is done by imposing a maximum compressive stress. Equivalent thickness of intermediate stiffener is given by 13. Designs may be carried out using simple beam theory.3 Beams As stated previously. Laterally stable beams are beams. which do not buckle laterally. 117 117 . which may be considered to act on the bending element.The amount of curling should be decided by the designer but will not generally exceed 5 % of the depth of the section.

In addition in deep webs. In elements having low (width/thickness) ratios. If the neutral axis is such that the tensile stresses reach yield first.4c).3. the average shear stress must be less than the value calculated as follows: 118 . then the moment capacity is to be evaluated on the basis of elasto-plastic stress distribution (see Fig. Shear Buckling. In order to ensure yielding before local buckling.1 Other beam failure criteria Web Crushing: This may occur under concentrated loads or at support point when deep slender webs are employed. where shear buckling can occur. A widely used method of overcoming web crushing problems is to use web cleats at support points (See Fig. local web buckling has a detrimental effect. The phenomenon of shear buckling of thin webs has been discussed in detail in the section on "Plate Girders". 13. 13. 13. Thin webs subjected to predominant shear will buckle as shown in Fig. The moment capacity of the cross section is determined by limiting the maximum stress on the web to The effective width of the compression element is evaluated using this stress and the effective section properties are evaluated.4b).6. compressive stress at collapse can equal yield stress (sec Fig. the maximum (width/thickness) ratio of stiffened elements is and for unstiffened 13. The ultimate moment capacity is given by Where = effective compression section modulus (see This is subject to the condition that the maximum tensile stress in the section does not exceed Fig. 13. = design strength in N/mm For steel with For greater web slenderness values.5).4a).7 times yield stress in shear.The maximum value of the stress is given by Where = the limiting value of compressive stress in N/mm 2 = web depth/thickness ratio = material yield stress in N/mm2. 13. The maximum shear in a beam web is invariably limited to 0.

Fig. 13.3. This is achieved by connecting them to adjacent elements. there are circumstances where this is not the case and the possibility of lateral buckling has to be considered. If the beam is provided with lateral restraints.2 Lateral Buckling The great majority of cold-formed beams are (by design) restrained against lateral deflections. roof sheeting or to bracing members.6 Web buckling 13. capable of resisting a lateral force of 3% of the maximum force in the compression flange. as restrained and no lateral buckling will occur. However. which is dependent on support and loading conditions. The design approach is based on the "effective length" of the beam for lateral buckling. The effective length of beams 119 . the beam may be regarded.

the bending capacity in the plane of loading and other effects. in mm t = web thickness. in D = web depth. i.9 times the length. The elastic lateral buckling moment capacity is determined next. 120 . the effective length is increased by 20%. a load that encourages lateral instability. 13. this is A = cross sectional area. (13) will need to be modified. provided the load is applied at bottom flange level.with both ends supported and having restraints against twisting is taken âs 0. This is considered to be a "destabilising load". If a load is applied to the top flange which is unrestrained laterally. the value of ME obtained from Eqn. is taken positive for single curvature bending and negative for double curvature (see Fig. For an / section or symmetrical channel section bent in the plane of the web and loaded through shear centre. in mm = radius of gyration for the lateral bending of section Where = ratio of the smaller end moment to the larger end moment M in an unbraced length of beam.8) To provide for the effects of imperfections.e.

and the Elastic Modulus = Elastic lateral buckling resistance moment given by Eqn (13) = Perry coefficient. given by When 121 . 13.Fig.8 Single and double curvature bending A Perry-Robertson type equation is employed for evaluating the Moment Resistance of the beam = First yield moment given by the product of yield stress of the gross section.

9 Column Strength (Hon. the failure load is evaluated from 122 .= effective length = radius of gyration of the section about the .dimensional) for different Q factors The ultimate load (or squash load) of a short strut is obtained from Where = ultimate load of a short strut = sum of the effective areas of all the individual plate elements = the ratio of the effective area to the total area of cross section at yield stress Following the Perry-Robertson approach. the first step is to determine the effective area of the cross section by summing up the total values of effective areas for all the individual elements. is Fig. 13. 13.4 Axially Compressed Columns In analysing column behaviour. When the calculated value of exceeds calculated by using Eqn (1 l.a). then limited to This will happen when the beams are "short".axis.

9 can be employed directly for doubly symmetric sections. 13.1 Effective shift of loading axis If a section is not doubly symmetric (see Fig.10) and has a large reduction of effective widths of elements.9 shows the mean stress at failure cross sectional area) obtained for columns with variation of for a number of "Q" factors. as shown in Fig. 13. This would induce bending on an initially concentrically loaded section. 13. (The y-axis is nondimensionalised using the yield stress. ( a ) Channel section loaded through its centroid ( b ) The move of the neutral axis (due to plate buckling) causes an eccentricity and a consequent moment This would cause an additional compression on flange AR Fig. The ultimate load is evaluated by allowing for the interaction of bending and compression using the following equation: 123 .10 Effective shift in the loading axis in an axially compressed column 13.and = radius of gyration corresponding to Fig. then the effective section may have changed position of centroid. 13. and "Q" factor is the ratio of effective cross sectional area to full cross sectional area). 13. the movement of effective neutral axis from the geometric neutral axis of the cross section must be first determined by comparing the gross and effective section properties. Plots such as Fig.10 To allow for this behaviour.4.

Fig. es is the distance between the effective centroid and actual centroid of the cross section.Where Pc is obtained from Eqn (16) and Mc is the bending resistance of the section for moments acting in the direction corresponding to the movement of neutral axis.Torsional buckling Analysis of torsional-flexural behaviour of cold-formed sections is tedious and time consuming for practical design.1 above) or (b) by a combination of bending about the axis of symmetry and a twist as shown in Fig. Codes deal with this problem by simplified design methods or by empirical methods based on experimental data. suggested in BS5950.11.4.4. 124 . 13.2 Torsional . This latter type of behaviour is known as Torsional-flexural behaviour. the following design procedure. 13. 13. Purely torsional and purely flexural failure does not occur in a general case. Part 5 is detailed below as being suitable for sections with at least one axis of symmetry (say and subjected to flexural torsional buckling.11Column displacements during Flexural .flexural buckling Singly symmetric columns may fail either (a) by Euler buckling about an axis perpendicular to the line of symmetry (as detailed in 13. As an illustration.

Effective length multiplication factors (known as factors) are tabulated for a number of section geometries. i. These factors are employed to obtain increased effective lengths. which together with the design analysis prescribed in 13.e.1 above can be used to obtain torsional buckling resistance of a column. is the elastic flexural buckling load (in Newtons) for a column about the = effective length (in mm) corresponding to the minimum radius of gyration = torsional flexural buckling load (in Newtons) of a column given by Where given by = Elastic flexural buckling load of the column (in Newtons) about the = Torsional buckling load of a column (In Newtons) given by In these equations. values can be computed as follows: Where y-axis. = polar radius of gyration about the shear centre (in mm) given by 125 .4.

The following checks are suggested for members that have at least one axis of symmetry: (i) the local capacity at points of greatest bending moment and axial load and (ii) an overall buckling check.1 Local capacity check The local capacity check is ascertained by satisfying the following at the points of greatest bending moment and axial load: = applied axial load = short strut capacity defined by (Eqn.4.5. 13.where are the radii of gyration (in mm) about the is the shear modulus is the distance from shear centre to the centroid measured along the axis (mm) St Venants' Torsion constant all elements. 15) = applied bending moments about x and y axis = Moment resistance of the beam about x-axis in the absence of = Moment resistance of the beam about y-axis in the absence of 126 . it is possible to restrain twisting so that torsion does not occur to any significant extent. which are also subject to bending. 13.5 Combined Bending and Compression Compression members.3 Torsion behaviour Cold formed sections are mainly formed with "open" sections and do not have high resistance to torsion. Hence the application of load that would cause torsion should be avoided where possible. where measure in mm) Ix F which may be taken as summed up for flat width of the element and thickness (both of them the moment of inertia about the x axis (mm4) Warping constant for all section. 13. Generally speaking. by adjusting the method of load application. will have to be designed to take into account the effects of interaction.

connected through one leg only or through the flange or web of a T. is design strength 127 . the member may be designed as a simple tension member. Where a member is connected eccentrically to its axis. = factors (defined in the previous chapter) with regard to moment variation about x and y axis respectively. plain channel. the following relationship should be satisfied: Where = axial buckling resistance in the absence of moments (see Eqn.g.2 Overall buckling check For members not subject to lateral buckling. 16) = flexural buckling load in compression for bending about the x.6 Tension Members If a member is connected in such a way as to eliminate any moments due to connection eccentricity. = lateral buckling resistance moment about the x axis 13.13.section). the following relationship should be satisfied: For beams subject to lateral buckling. then the resulting moment has to be allowed for. The tensile capacity of a member may be evaluated from Where is the effective area of the section making due allowance for the type of member (angle.5. Tee section etc) and the type of connection (e.axis and for bending about the y-axis respectively.

Reference is also made to the section on "Tension Members" where provision for enhancement of strength due to strain hardening has been incorporated for hot rolled steel sections. 26) are as defined previously. There is a possibility of these tests giving misleading information or even no information regarding neutral axis movement. Particular care should be taken while testing components. the capacity of the member should be ascertained from the following: Where Ft = applied load = tensile capacity (see Eqn. 13.7 Design on the Basis of Testing While it is possible to design many cold-formed steel members on the basis of analysis. 128 . For example. where necessary.The area of the tension member should invariably be calculated as its gross area less deductions for holes or openings. that the tests model the actual loading conditions as closely as possible. When a member is subjected to both combined bending and axial tension. the very large variety of shapes that can be formed and the complex interactions that occur make it frequently uneconomical to design members and systems completely on theoretical basis. The specimen lengths may be too short to pick up certain types of buckling behaviour. The Indian code IS: 801-1975 is in the process of revision and it is probable that a similar enhancement will be allowed for cold rolled steel sections also. (The area to be deducted from the gross sectional area of a member should be the maximum sum of the sectional areas of the holes in any cross section at right angles to the direction of applied stress). The behaviour of a component or system can often be ascertained economically by a test and suitable modifications incorporated. while these tests may be used successfully to assess the material work hardening much caution will be needed when examining the effects of local buckling.

Testing by an independent agency (such as Universities) is widely used by manufacturers of mass produced components to ensure consistency of quality. they also reassure the customers about the validity of their load/span tables. The method of load application.12 Z Purlins 13. As an illustration the empirical rules permitted by BS 5950. it is vital to ensure that the test set up reflects the in-service conditions as accurately as possible. 13. In testing complete structures or assemblies. The manufacturers also provide load/span tables for their products.1 Z Purlins A Z purlin used for supporting the roofing sheet is sketched in Fig. the restraints from adjacent structures and the flexibility of connections are all factors to be considered carefully and modelled accurately.8 Empirical Methods Some commonly used members such as Z purlins are sometimes designed by time-tested empirical rules. In designing Z purlins with lips using the simplified empirical rules the following recommendations are to be complied with: Unfactored loads should be used for designing purlins Imposed loads should be taken to be at least • 129 . the type of supports. An advantage to the manufacturers in designing on the basis of proof testing is that the load/span tables obtained are generally more advantageous than those obtained by analytical methods. Evaluating connection behaviour is important as connections play a crucial role in the strength and stiffness of a structure. such rules are employed when theoretical analysis may be impractical or not justified and when prototype test data are not available. 13. Part 5 is explained below. (Members designed by proven theoretical methods or by prototype testing need not comply with the empirical rules).Testing is probably the only realistic method of assessing the strength and characteristics of connections. which can be employed by structural designers and architects who do not have detailed knowledge of design procedures.11. 13. Fig.8.

Purlin cleats should provide adequate torsional restraint. L =span of the purlin (in mm) W = Normal component of unfactored (distributed dead load+imposed load) in B T • = Width of the compression flange in mm = thickness of the purlin in mm.12 • • • • The overall depth should not be greater than and not less than Overall width of compression flange / thickness ratio should not be greater than 35. 13.• • • • • Claddings and fixings should be checked for adequacy to provide lateral restraint to the purlin and should be capable of carrying the component of load in the plane of the roof slope. The purlin should be considered to carry the load normal to roof slope (and a nominal axial load due to wind or restraint forces) These rules apply to purlins up to 8 m span in roof slopes up to 22. The net allowable wind uplift in a direction normal to roof when purlins are restrained is taken as 50% of the (dead + imposed) load. 130 . In the above. These should be anchored to rigid apex support or their forces should be transferred diagonally to main frames. Lip width should be greater than Section Modulus for simply supported purlins and for continuous or semi rigidly jointed purlins.8 m. 13.5°. Antisag bars should be provided to ensure that laterally unsupported length of the purlin does not exceed 3.8.2 Design rules The following design rules apply with reference to Fig.

characteristic compressive (cube) strength of concrete characteristic compressive (cylinder) strength of concrete. However.2.2. The composite beam can also be constructed with profiled sheeting with concrete topping. and IS: 8500-1977 as appropriate. this property has little effect on 131 .1 by /2400. 14.2 Concrete Concrete strengths are specified in terms of the characteristic cube strengths. Some of the structural steel grade commonly used in construction are given in IS: 961-1975 and IS: 1977-1975. over which a reinforced concrete slab is cast with shear connectors is covered by IS: 11384-1985. the obtained by multiplying the values from Table 14. measured at 28 days. For lightweight concrete. Table Where. 14.1 General A steel concrete composite beam made up of a steel beam. the most effective utilisation of steel and concrete is achieved. before fabrication conform to IS: 1977-1975. "Fast Track" construction developed in the West invariably utilises Composite Construction. 14. this is not covered by IS 11384:1985. IS: 2062-1992. given by 0.1 Structural steel All structural steels used shall.where is the unit mass 14. It should be noted that although the ductility of reinforcing bars has a significant effect on the behaviour of continuous beams.3 Reinforcing steel used in composite columns Reinforcing Steel grades used in construction should conform to IS 432 (1982) and IS: 1786 (1985).2.8 times 28 days cube strength of concrete mean tensile strength of concrete values are Note is proposed to be evaluated in accordance with Eurocodes.2 Materials 14. By employing profiled steel decking in composite construction. instead of cast-in place or precast reinforced concrete slab.SECTION 14: BASIC CONCEPTS OF COMPOSITE CONSTRUCTION 14.1 gives the properties of different grades of concrete.

They derive their stress resistance through bending and undergo large deformation before failure.2 (a) and 14. and (b) prevent separation of steel beam and concrete slab at the interface.2 ( b ) respectively.1 Characteristics of shear connectors The load-slip characteristic of shear connectors affects their design considerably. and fail due to crushing of concrete.the design of composite columns. These connectors are designed to (a) transmit longitudinal shear along the interface. Based on the load-slip characteristics observed in the push-out tests. channels come under this category. 132 . Typical shear connectors are shown in Fig 14. Concrete filled tubular sections may be used without any reinforcement except for reasons of fire resistance.1 14. [see 14. To.3. 14. Bond or anchorage type: These connectors derive their resistance through bond and anchorage action. They derive their resistance from bearing pressure on the concrete. where appropriate. To obtain the load-slip curve "pushout" tests are performed as per codal specifications. IS: 11384-1985 suggests that.3 Shear Connectors Mechanical shear connectors are required at the steel-concrete interface. These connectors are welded to the flange of the steel beam. the value is needed for serviceability considerations. • • At the time of testing. the characteristic strength of concrete used should not exceed the characteristic strength of concrete in the beams for which the test is designed. Three types of shear connectors have been developed: Rigid type: These connectors are very stiff and they sustain only a small deformation while resisting the shear force. A minimum of three tests should be made and the design values should be taken as 67% of the lowest ultimate capacity.3 (a)] the connector stiffness is usually determined while ultimate strength design is based on plastic behaviour of the shear connectors. Flexible type: Headed studs. Arrangements for these tests as per and IS: 11384-1985 are shown in Fig. 14. perform the test.

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3.1) 136 .3 (b) shows an idealised load-slip characteristic of three different types of interaction that arise depending on the type of connectors used.Fig.2 Strength of connectors The design resistance of shear studs with may be determined using the following two empirical formulae. The lower of the two values governs the design. Fig. 14. (14. Note that full interaction would occur and when very stiff connectors are used. Idealized load-slip characteristics 14.3 (b). When there is partial interaction the load slip relationship is assumed to be bilinear. 14.

Table 14.4. partial safety factor for stud connector The design strengths of headed shear connectors as per IS: 11384-1985 are reproduced in Table (14. the design will have to be adequate to resist the applied bending moment. It is to be noted that as per this code the design value of a shear connector is taken as 67% of the ultimate capacity arrived at by testing. 137 . This design is often preferred due to economy achieved through the reduced number of shear connectors. as the structure will remain elastic under service loading.2) Ecm = ultimate tensile strength of steel cylinder strength of concrete mean secant (elastic) modulus of concrete. In partial shear connection. The serviceability is checked using elastic analysis.2).2: Design Strength of Headed Stud Shear Connectors for Different Concrete Strengths 14.(14. Similar data about other shear connectors is available in that code. although full moment resistance of the beam cannot be achieved.4 Basic Design Considerations 14.1 Design method The ultimate strength of a composite section is determined from its plastic moment resistance. Full shear connection ensures that full moment resistance of the section develops. provided the elements of the steel cross section do not fall (in the semi-compact or slender category).

For design purpose a portion of the beam span (20% . 14. Use of effective width to allow for shear Fig. 14. EC4 has prescribed that the following span to depth (total beam and slab depth) ratios for which the serviceability criteria will be deemed to be satisfied. Table 14. Fig.3: Span to Depth ratio Support Condition Simply supported Continuous Span to Depth 15-18 (Primary Beams) 18-20 (Secondary Beams) 18-22 (Primary Beams) 22-25 (end bays) Effective breadth of flange: A composite beam acts as a T-beam with the concrete slab as its flange.33%) is taken as the effective breadth of the slab (see Fig. 14.4).5 Value of for continuous beam 138 .4.Adequacy in Serviceability Limit State is verified by resorting to prescribed span/depth ratios.

1. IS: 11384 -1985 has suggested a modular ratio of 15 for live load and 30 for dead load.The effective breadth of simply supported beam is taken as on each side of the steel web.1985. the effective span taken as the distance between points of zero moments.5 beams Modular ratio: Modular ratio is the ratio of elastic modulus of steel to the time dependent secant modulus of concrete While evaluating stress due to long termloading (dead load etc. 139 . For continuous is obtained from Fig 14.4 lists the Partial safety factors to be used in design. Table 14. For simply supported beam Therefore. 14. actual span centre-to-centre distance of transverse spans for slab. Table 14. but not greater than half the distance to the next adjacent web. Where. for elastic analysis of section.4: Suggested Partial safety factors • These are in conforming with IS: 11384 .) the time dependent secant modulus of concrete should be used. This takes into account the long-term effects of creep under sustained loading.2 Section classifications and partial safety factor Section Classifications has been dealt with in section 5 of this Design Guide. The values of elastic modulus of concrete under short term loading for different grades of concrete are given in Table 14.4.

1 Moment Resistance of Reinforced Concrete Slabs. The ultimate strength of the composite beam is determined from its collapse load capacity. 15. Fig.1: Moment capacity of composite Section with full shear interaction (according to IS: 11384 -1985) 140 140 . supported on Steel beams Reinforced concrete slab connected to rolled steel section through shear connectors is the simplest form of composite beam and has been covered in IS 11384:1985. Table 15.1 gives the moment capacity of the composite section with full shear connection.1 Notations as per IS: 11384-1985 Table 15.SECTION 15: COMPOSITE BEAMS AND SLABS 15.

Fig 15.2 shows the stress distribution diagram for plastic and compact sections for full interactior according to EC4. In this case the steel sheeting itself acts as the bottom reinforcement and influences the capacity of the section. These equations are largely restricted to sections. with Profiled Sheeting supported on Steel Beams A more advanced method of composite beam construction is one. 141 141 .15. which are capable of developing their plastic moment of resistance without local buckling problems.2 presents the equations for moment capacity.2 Reinforced Concrete Slabs. where profiled deck slabs are connected to steel beams through stud connectors. Fig 15.3 shows the stress distribution for hogging bending moment. This has not been covered in any IS Code. Table 15.

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(2) Profiled steel decking with the ribs transverse to the supporting beam. (1) Profiled steel decking with the ribs parallel to the supporting beam. It is therefore assumed that the vertical shear is resisted by steel beam alone.4 Resistance of Shear Connectors when used with Profile Decking The profile of the deck slab has a marked influence on strength of shear connector. as if it were not composite. initiating a local concrete failure as cracking. But the profiled deck slab limits the concrete around the connector. and d is the depth of the web considered in the shear area. The shear force resisted by the structural steel section should satisfy: Where.3 Vertical Shear Although the concrete slab resists some of the vertical shear in a composite T-beam. there is no simple design model for this. This is shown in Fig 15. There should be a 45° projection from the base of the connector to the core of the solid slab for smooth transfer of shear. The shear buckling of steel web can be neglected if following condition is satisfied Where. 15. is the plastic shear resistance given by.4. In addition to this the shear buckling of steel web should be checked. 143 . This in turn makes the centre of resistance on connector to move up. EC 4 suggests the following reduction factor k (relative to solid slab).15.

to be resisted by shear connectors between the point of maximum bending moment and the end support is given by: Whichever is smaller. is the average width of trough is the stud height is the height of the profiled decking slab Nr is the number of stud connectors in one rib at a beam intersection (should not greater than 2).0 when greater than 0.5 Longitudinal Shear Force in Single Span Beams For single span beams the total design longitudinal shear. to be resisted by shear connectors between the point of maximum positive bending moment and an intermediate support is given by: Where. 15.4 Behaviour of a shear connection fixed through profile sheeting 15.For studs of diameter not exceeding 20 mm. k.6 Longitudinal Shear Force in Continuous Beams For continuous beams the total design longitudinal shear.8 when Fig. should not be greater than 1. 15. Where. .the effective area of longitudinal slab reinforcement 144 . and not For studs welded through the steel decking.

At point B the remaining bending resistance is that contributed by the flanges of the composite section. moment capacity of the section reduces non-linearly as shown by the parabolic curve AB. Along curve AB. (15. At is 15.7 is the bottom flange area and beam span in metres Interaction between Shear and Moment Interaction between bending and shear can influence the design of continuous beam.5).The number of required shear connectors in the zone under consideration for full composite action is given by: Where is the design longitudinal shear force as defined in Eqn. (15.2) and Eqn.8) and The shear connectors are usually equally spaced. 15.3). including reinforcement in the slab. When the design shear force.1 Minimum degree of shear connection Ideal plastic behaviour of the shear connectors may be assumed if a minimum degree of shear connection is provided. 145 . (15. the reduced bending resistance is given by design bending moment plastic resistance of the flange alone plastic resistance of the entire section design shear force plastic shear resistance as defined in Eqn. 15.5 shows the resistance of the composite section in combined bending (hogging or sagging) and shear. Fig.6. The minimum degree of shear connection is defined by the following equations: where the top flange area. in the presence of high shear force. 15. exceeds (point in the Fig. as the opportunity for developing local plasticity are greater in these cases is design resistance of the connector.

which do not differ by more than 75 percent of the longest. a continuous beam necessitates the check for the stability of the bottom flange. Based on Truss Analogy. These values are also applicable for composite continuous beams.1985 are given in Table 15. the reinforcement supplements the shear strength of the concrete. is cross sectional area of concrete shear surface per unit length of beam and area of transverse reinforcement. The formulae suggested by EC4 and IS: 11384 . 15. Besides these.6 gives the shear coefficients according to IS: 456 . 146 . the following design equation has been developed. which could cause splitting in concrete in potential failure planes.9.5 gives the bending moment coefficients and Table 15. Reinforcement is provided in the direction transverse to the axis of the beam.8 Transverse Reinforcement Shear connectors transfer the interfacial shear to concrete slab by thrust. Where. Like stirrups in the web of a reinforced T beam.4.1 Moment and shear coefficients for continuous beam In order to determine the distribution of bending moments under the design loads.Figl5. the IS: 456 -2000 lists moment coefficients as well as shear coefficients that are close to exact values of the maximum load effects obtainable from rigorous analysis on an infinite number of equal spans on point supports. Structural analysis has to be performed. Table 15.5 Resistance to combined bending and vertical shear 15. which is in compression due to hogging moments at supports. 15. These coefficients are applicable to continuous beams with at least three spans.9 Effect of Continuity is the The above design formulae are applicable to simply supported beams as well as to continuous beams. For convenience.2000.

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6. its length does not exceed 15% of the adjacent span.U frame Action Lateral Torsional Buckling of Continuous Beams can be neglected if following conditions are satisfied.60 ext to the end port Inner side 0. Hence.1/12 Dead load + 0. and twisting at top flange level.50 Near middle At middle of At support next to the end of end span interior span support + 1/12 + 1/16 . The tendency for the bottom flange to displace laterally causes bending of the steel web.1/9 fixed) For obtaining the bending moment. the coefficient shall be multiplied by the total design load and effective span.45 0.1/9 .55 At all other interior supports 0.6: Shear force coefficients TYPE OF LOAD At end support At support n sup Outer side 0. The tendency of the lower flange to buckle laterally is restrained by the distortional stiffness of the cross section. In negative moment regions of continuous composite beams the lower flange is subjected to compression.2 Lateral torsional buckling of continuous beams The concrete slab prevents the top flange of the steel section (connected to concrete slab) from moving laterally.5: Bending moment coefficients according to IS: 456-2000 TYPE OF LOAD SPAN IVI [OMENTS SUPPORT] MOMENTS Dead load + Imposed load (fixed) Imposed load (not + 1/10 + 1/12 . Table 15.60 (not fixed) For obtaining the shear force. which is resisted by bending of the slab as shown in Fig.60 0.9.6 Inverted .Tablel5.60 0. i 148 3 . Adjacent spans do not differ in length by more than 20% of the shorter span or where there is a cantilever. Fig 15.40 Imposed load (fixed) Imposed load 0. the coefficient shall be multiplied by the total design load 15.1/10 At other interior supports . 1. 22. the stability of bottom flange should be checked at that region.

The shear connection in the steel-concrete interface satisfies the requirements of section 15. is the moment of inertia of steel section. 3. IS: 11384-1985 limits the maximum deflection of the composite beam to The total elastic stress in concrete is limited to while for steel. therefore the method described below follows EC 4. elastic section properties are used. No stress limitations are made in EC 4. The moment of inertia of uncracked section is used for calculating deflection. To check the composite beams serviceability criteria. the elastic stress is limited to Unfortunately this is an error made in the Code as the same limits are applied for steel in determining the ultimate resistance of the cross section. Under positive moment the concrete is assumed uncracked. Since EC4 gives explicit guidance for checking serviceability Limit State. Normally unfactored loads are used for for serviceability checks. Applying appropriate modular ratio m the composite section is transformed into an equivalent steel section.1 Deflection The elastic properties relevant to deflection are section modulus and moment of inertia of the section. The loading on each span is uniformly distributed and the design permanent load exceeds 40% of the total load. and the moment of inertia is calculated as: Where is the ratio of the elastic moduli of steel to concrete taking into account creep.10 Serviceability Composite beams must also be checked for adequacy in the Serviceability Limit State. It is not desirable that steel yields under service load.10. Simply supported Beams: The mid-span deflection of simply supported composite beam under distributed load w is given by 4 149 . considering different stages of construction.2. 15.

these deflections will only be significant for spans greater than 12 m in exceptionally warm dry atmospheres. Influence of partial shear connection: Deflections increase due to the effects of slip in the shear connectors. or when the free shrinkage strain of the concrete exceeds shrinkage. is the modulus of elasticity of steel and is the gross uncracked moment of inertia of composite section. deflections should be checked. the following expression is used. 150 5 . Where are deflection of steel beam and composite beam respectively with proper serviceability load. These effects are ignored in composite beams designed for full shear connection. when the span to depth ratio of beam exceeds 20. To take care of the increase in deflection due to partial shear connection. Note: For this additional simplification can usually beignored Shrinkage induced deflections: For simply supported beams. In practice. The shrinkage-induced deflection is calculated using the following formula: is the effective span of the beam and strain.Where. given by is the curvature due to the free shrinkage modular ratio appropriate for shrinkage calculations Note: This formula ignores continuity effects at the supports.

is the maximum permissible stress in concrete is the minimum Generally the span/depth ratios specified by codes take care of the shrinkage deflection.10. However. In most buildings following two cases are considered- 151 6 . In addition to this there is a possibility of yielding in the negative moment region. The present discussion is mainly aimed at design of an office floor against vibration. This may be taken into account by calculating the second moment of area of the cracked section under negative moment (ignoring concrete).Continuous Beams: In the case of continuous beam. lift or cranes should be isolated from the building. the deflection is modified by the influence of cracking in the hogging moment regions (at or near the supports). only the source of vibration near or on the floor need be considered. Where is the percentage of steel is a coefficient due to the bending stress distribution in the section is a coefficient accounting for the decrease in the tensile strength of concrete is the effective tensile strength of concrete. To take account of this the negative moments may be further reduced. the amount of reinforcement should not exceed a minimum value given by. The second moment of area of the section is based on the uncracked value. electrically heated floors and concrete mixes with high "free shrinkage". This may be increased to 4/384 for end spans.0325% and for lightweight concrete 0. For dry environments. human response to vibration is taken as the yardstick to limit the amplitude and frequency of a vibrating floor.weight concrete is 0. In order to avoid the presence of large cracks in the hogging moment regions.05%. As an approximation. a deflection coefficient of 3/384 is usually appropriate for determining the deflection of a continuous composite beam subject to uniform loading on equal adjacent spans. To design a floor structure. Other sources such.04%. as machines. Eurocode 4 recommends that the effect of shrinkage should be considered when the span/depth ratio exceeds 20 and the free shrinkage strain exceeds 0. 15. the limit on free shrinkage for normal. A value of 3 adopted.2 Vibration Generally. a check on shrinkage deflection should be done in case of thick slabs resting on small steel beams. Crack Control: Cracking of concrete should be controlled in cases where the functioning of the structure or its appearance would be affected.

and for both ends fixed. Curves of higher response (R) values are also shown in the Fig.7. For free elastic vibration of a beam or one way slab of uniform section the fundamental natural frequency is. 15.5Hz. 152 7 .4 Hz and 2. and Fourier component factor The root mean square acceleration of the floor is plotted against its natural frequency for acceptable level R based on human response for different situations such as. offices etc. 15. Curves of constant human response to vibration. for simple support. The recommended values of R for other situations are R = 4 for offices R = 8 for workshops These values correspond to continuous vibration and some relaxation is allowed in case the vibration is intermittent (see BS6472 for further information). Where.i) ii) People walking across a floor with a pace frequency between 1. The human response R-l corresponds to a "minimal level of adverse comments from occupants" of sensitive locations such as hospital. = Flexural rigidity (per unit width for slabs) = span = vibrating mass per unit length (beam) or unit area (slab). hospitals. An impulse such as the effect of the fall of a heavy object. operating theatre and precision laboratories. Natural frequency of beam and slab: The most important parameter associated with vibration is the natural frequency of floor.7. Fig.

it is taken as the mass of the characteristic permanent load plus 10% of characteristic variable load. (15.7).03 for open plan offices with composite floor To check the susceptibility of the floor to vibration after finding from Eqn. In absence of an accurate estimate of mass (m).7): = magnification factor at resonance =0. is the spacing of the beams.15. It takes into account the differences between the frequency of the pedestrians' paces and the natural frequency of the floor.22 and the value of R from Eqn. 153 8 . (15. 15. The frequencies for slab and beam (each considered alone) and are given by Where. Un-cracked concrete section and dynamic modulus of elasticity should be used for concrete. The natural frequency is given by Where is the Fourier component factor.23 compare the result with the target response curve as in Fig.The effect of damping (being negligible) has been ignored. Generally these effects are taken into account by increasing the value of by 10% for variable loading. This is given in the form of a function of in Fig.

Supplementary reinforcement in the concrete encasement prevents excessive spalling of concrete both under normal load and fire conditions.e. comprising either a concrete encased hot-rolled steel section or a concrete filled tubular section of hot-rolled steel. Typical cross-sections of composite columns with fully and partially concrete encased steel sections are illustrated in Fig.1.1 Resistance of cross-section to compression Encased steel sections and concrete filled rectangular/square tubular sections: The plastic resistance of an encased steel section or concrete filled rectangular or square section (i. the so-called "squash load") is given by Where. 16. 16.2 shows three typical cross-sections of concrete filled tubular sections.16. Fig. 9 154 .1 General A steel-concrete composite column is a compression member. 16. 16.2 Members under Axial Compression The design method described below is formulated for prismatic composite columns with doubly symmetrical cross-sections. and generally follows the guidelines prescribed in EC4.2.

0 for concrete filled tubular sections.16. in section 16.2. this effect is significant only in stocky columns. (where d is the outer dimension of the circular tubular section) this effect has to be considered.dimensional slenderness of (where is defined in Eqn. the concrete and the reinforcing steel respectively are the yield strength of the steel section.are the areas of the steel section. and and two coefficients given by 155 10 . of the applied load does not exceed the value d/10. However. where t is the thickness of the circular tubular section.2J. Fig. or where the eccentricity. and 0. which is 1. For composite columns with a non. 16. Also. is the characteristic compressive strength (cube) of the concrete is strength coefficient for concrete. and the yield strength of the reinforcing steel respectively.3 Stress distribution of the plastic resistance to compression of an encased I section Concrete filled circular tubular sections: The ductility performance of this type of columns is significantly better than rectangular types.85 for fully or partially concrete encased steel sections. The plastic compression resistance of concrete filled circular tubular sections is calculated by using two coefficients and as given below.5. the characteristic compressive strength (cylinder) of the concrete. there is an increased resistance of concrete due to the confining effect of the circular tubular section.

Linear interpolation is permitted for various load eccentricities of The basic values and depend on the non-dimensional slenderness which can be read off from Table 16.1. 16. or if the non-dimensional slenderness exceeds the value 0. column strength curves are plotted in a non-dimensionalised form as shown in Fig.4. where is called the reduction factor.2. as provided in EC 4 applicable for concrete grades 16.2 Non-dimensional slenderness For convenience. The horizontal axis is non-dimensionalised similarly by Fig.1: Basic value to allow for the effect of tri-axial confinement in concrete filled circular tubular sections. They form the basis of column buckling design for both steel and composite columns in EC 3 and EC4.5 then Table 16.In general.16. The buckling resistance of a column is expressed as a proportion of the plastic resistance to compression. For using the European 11 156 . If the eccentricity e exceeds the value d/10.4 Non-dimensionalised column buckling curve The European buckling curves have been drawn after incorporating the effects of both residual stresses and geometric imperfections. the resistance of a concrete filled circular tubular section to compression may increase by 15% under axial load only when the effect of tri-axial confinement is considered.

2.buckling curves. the width to thickness ratio of the steel sections in compression must satisfy the following limits: for concrete filled circular tubular sections for concrete filled rectangular tubular sections is the yield strength of the steel section in For fully encased steel sections. should be verified by tests. nor less than one-sixth of the breadth. and is the elastic buckling load of the column.1) or Eqn. the non-dimensional slenderness of the column is first evaluated as follows: Where plastic resistance of the cross-section to compression. no verification for local buckling is necessary as the concrete surrounding it effectively prevents local buckling. 157 . (23.1) and (16.2) are valid provided that local buckling in the steel sections does not occur. which exceed the local buckling limits for semicompact sections. However.3 Local buckling of steel sections Both Eqns. of the flange for it to be effective in preventing local buckling.2) with 1. 16. according to Eqn (16. (16.0. the concrete cover to the flange of a fully encased steel section should not be less than 40 mm. Local buckling may be critical in some concrete filled rectangular tubular sections with large h/t ratios. Designs using sections. To prevent premature local buckling.

8 is an empirical multiplier (determined by a calibration exercise to give good agreement with test results). Consequently.2. the effect of long term loading should be considered if the buckling length to depth ratio of a composite column exceeds 15. Long term loading: For slender columns under long-term loading. However.4 Effective elastic flexural stiffness The value of the flexural stiffness may decrease with time due to creep and shrinkage of concrete. Two design rules for the evaluation of the effective elastic flexural stiffness of composite columns are given below. As a simple rule. the factor 0. Short term loading: The effective elastic flexural stiffness. the creep and shrinkage of concrete will cause a reduction in the effective elastic flexural stiffness of the composite column. is the secant modulus of the concrete is reduced to 7. no provision is also necessary if 158 . is obtained by adding up the flexural stiffness of the individual components of the cross-section: Where are the second moments of area of the steel section. it may be neglected and no provision for long-term loading is necessary. thereby reducing the buckling resistance. which conforms to test data. If the eccentricity of loading is more than twice the cross-section dimension.55 for the determination of the effective stiffness of concrete Note: Dividing the Modulus of Elasticity by is unusual and is included here to obtain the effective stiffness. Moreover.16. the effect on the bending moment distribution caused by increased deflections due to creep and shrinkage of concrete will be very small. the concrete(assumed uncracked) and the reinforcement about the axis of bending considered respectively are the moduli of elasticity of the steel section and the reinforcement is the effective stiffness of the concrete. this effect is significant only for slender columns. Note is the moment of inertia about the centroid of the uncracked column section.

2 and e/d is less than 2. 159 . the effect of creep and shrinkage of concrete should be allowed for by employing the modulus of elasticity of the concrete instead of in Eqn. which may be conservatively taken as system length L for an isolated non-sway composite column.the non-dimensional slenderness. is the effective length of the column.2 Table 16.2.6 for braced (or non-sway) columns. The elastic critical buckling load (Euler Load). the part of the applied design load The effect of long-term loading may be ignored for concrete filled tubular sections with provided that is greater than 0.2: Limiting values of for long term loading Note: is the steel contribution ratio defined as However.75 for unbraced (and/or sway) columns. 16. and 0. is defined as follows: Where ( E I ) e is the effective elastic flexural stiffness of the composite column. 16. which is defined as follows: Where P is the applied design load. of the composite column is less than the limiting values given in Table 16.5 Elastic buckling load Composite columns may fail in buckling. and permanently acting on the column. when exceeds the limits given by Table 16.8.

16.5 arc proposed to be used for composite columns. (16. from Eqn. They are selected according to the types of the steel sections and the axis of bending: Curve a Curve b for concrete filled tubular sections for fully or partially concrete encased I-sections buckling about the strong axis of the steel sections for fully and partially concrete encased I-sections buckling about the weak axis of the steel sections (y-y axis) Curve c These curves can also be described mathematically as follows: 1 . (16.6 Resistance of members to axial compression For each of the principal axes of the column.1) or Eqn. the designer should check that Where is the plastic resistance to compression of the cross-section.2.16.2) and is the reduction factor due to column buckling The European buckling curves illustrated in Fig.

if anyone of the following conditions is satisfied: (a) The axial force in the column is less than buckling load of the column (b) 16. (under relatively low axial compressive loads). Table 16. 16. and c. Note that the second order moment due to imperfection. 16. no additional considerations are necessary. less than where is the elastic Combined Compression and Uni-Axial Bending 16. • Point A marks the plastic resistance of the cross-section to compression (at this point the blending point is is zero). b. A.7 shows an interaction curve drawn using simplified design method suggested in the UK National Application Document for This neglects the increase in moment capacity beyond discussed above. 16. B and C of the interaction curve given in Fig. 2 . Fig. 16.3 gives the value of for each buckling curve.3 The non-dimensional slenderness. The method of locating neutral axis for rectangular and circular filled tubular sections is given in Appendix E. Table 16. has been incorporated in the method by using multiple buckling curves.3. Fig. Fig.6 represents the non-dimensional interaction curve for compression and uni-axial bending for a composite cross-section. • Point B corresponds to the plastic moment resistance of the cross-section (the axial compression is zero).8 shows the stress distributions in the cross-section of a concrete filled rectangular tubular section at each point.1 Interaction curve for compression and uni-axial bending The resistance of the composite column to combined compression and bending is determined using an interaction curve.3: Imperfection factor a for the buckling curves The isolated non-sway composite columns need not be checked for buckling.7.The factor allows for different levels of imperfections and residual stresses in the columns corresponding to curves a.

and concrete about their own centroids respectively and are plastic section moduli of the reinforcement. 16. the compressive and the moment resistances of the column are given as Fig.7 Interaction curve for compression and uni-axial bending using the simplified method 3 .Where are plastic section moduli of the reinforcement. steel section. steel section. and concrete about neutral axis respectively. • At point follows.

9 Variation in the neutral axis positions 4 .Fig. 16. 16.8 Stress distributions for the points of the interaction curve for concrete filled rectangular tubular sections Fig.

The second order effects on bending moments for isolated non-sway columns should be considered if both of the following conditions are satisfied: Where is the design applied load. the second order effects may be allowed for by modifying the maximum first order bending moment (moment obtained initially). is the elastic critical load of the composite 16. or 'imperfection moment'. does not need to be considered separately. and column. as its effect on the buckling resistance of the composite column is already accounted for in the European buckling curves. the 'first order' displacements may be significant and additional or 'second order' bending moments may be induced under the actions of applied loads. For slender columns. As a simple rule. (2) Elastic slenderness conforms to: is the elastic critical load of the composite Where is the non-dimensional slenderness of the composite column In case the above two conditions are met.3.2 Analysis of bending moments due to second order effects The second order moment.3 Resistance of members under combined compression and uni-axial bending The design checks are carried out in the following stages: (1) Check the resistance of the section under axial compression for both (2) Check the resistance of the composite column under combined axial compression and uni-axial bending The design is adequate when the following condition is satisfied: 5 . the second order effects should be considered if the buckling length to depth ratio of a composite column exceeds 15. is defined as follows: with a correction factor which Where is the applied design load and column.16.3.

4 Combined Compression and Bi-axial Bending The design checks are carried out in the following stages: (1) Check the resistance of the section under axial compression for both and 6 .Where is the design bending moment. is the design axial resistance 16. . Fig. if necessary is the moment resistance ratio obtained from the interaction curve and is the plastic moment resistance of the composite cross-section.10) or may be In accordance with the UK NAD.10 Interaction curve for compression and uni-axial bending using the simplified method Moment resistance ratio evaluated can be obtained from the interaction curve (Figl6. 16. which may be factored to allow for second order effects. the moment resistance ratio for a composite column under combined compression and uni-axial bending is evaluated as follows: is axial resistance ratio due to the concrete. ratio.

16. 16.11 Moment interaction curve for bi-axial bending The moment resistance ratios and for both the axes are evaluated as given below: 7 .11 Fig.(2) Check the resistance of the composite column under combined axial compressionand bi-axial bending The three conditions to be satisfied are: The interaction of the moments must also be checked using moment interaction curve as shown in Fig.

When the effect of geometric imperfections is not considered the moment resistance ratio is evaluated as given below: 8 .Where and are the reduction factors for buckling in the and directions respectively.

floors and roofs.The load at which a member or a structure as whole collapses in service or buckles in a load test.A cross section capable of developing full plastic distribution across it. 9 . wind and earthquake loads. which produces sufficient resistance in a plane perpendicular to the plane of bending to restrain the compression flange of a loaded strut. Compact Section . Load Factor .APPENDIX A: Terminology Buckling Load . (For example the characteristic yield stress of steel is usually defined as that value of yield stress below. Factor of Safety . Characteristic load is therefore that load which will not be exceeded 95% of the time. Effective Lateral Restraint .The self weights of all permanent constructions and installations including the self weights of all walls. this strength is expected to be exceeded by 95% of the cases. which has an accepted probability of not being exceeded during the life span of the structure.The factor by which the yield stress of the material of a member is divided to arrive at the permissible stress in the material.The transverse spacing between parallel adjacent lines of fasteners. beam or girder from buckling to either side at the point of application of the restraint. In other words. Imposed (Live) Load . which not more than 5% of the test values may be.The numerical factor by which the working load is to be multiplied to obtain an appropriate design ultimate load. concentrated. Elastic Critical Moment . impact and vibration and snow loads but excluding.Limit States are states beyond which the structure no longer satisfies the design performance requirements and fulfils the purpose for which it is built.The load assumed to be produced by the intended use of occupancy including distributed.Restraint. partitions. without local buckling in any of the component members but not capable of developing ductility. Characteristic resistance of a material (such as Concrete or Steel) is defined as that value of resistance below which not more than a prescribed percentage of test results may be expected to fall. Gauge . Limit States. Dead Loads . expected to fall). Characteristic load is that value of the load.The elastic moment which will initiate yielding or cause buckling.

which may endanger the safety of people.Main Member . Pitch . local buckling of one of the components will occur before the attainment of yield stress in extreme fibre. with a triangular stress distribution in a beam) but not capable of developing redistribution of stresses. (Plastic cross-sections when used as beams.A cross section capable of developing full plasticity across it and exhibit considerable ductility. rupture etc.Serviceability Limit States correspond to states beyond which the criteria for service are no longer met and include deformations and deflections. Yield Stress .Unless otherwise defined in this standard the welding terms used shall have the meaning given in IS: 812-1957. Plastic Section . Welding Terms .In a slender section.The centre-to-centre distance between individual fasteners in a line of fastener. which adversely affect the appearance or its proper functioning and include vibration that causes discomfort to people or damage to the building Slender Section . Semi-Compact Section . failure by excessive deformation. Serviceability Limit States .Ultimate Limit States are those associated with collapse or other forms of structural failure.Secondary member is that which is provided for stability and or restraining the main members from buckling or similar modes of failure.g.The minimum yield stress of the material in tension as specified in relevant Indian Standards. will fail by formation of plastic hinges) Secondary Member . Ultimate Limit States .A structural member that is primarily responsible for carrying and distributing the applied load.A cross section capable of developing yield stress at the extreme fibres. without buckling of any of the component elements (e. 10 . This includes the loss of equilibrium of the structure (or any part of it).

neglecting fillets or the inner toes of the tension flange angles as appropriate.the clear distance between the horizontal stiffener and the tension flange. ii) For the web of a beam with horizontal stiffeners . taken as Mpa in this Guide. Yield stress Elastic critical stress in bending Elastic critical stress in compression. also known as Euler critical stress. Lateral buckling strength in the absence of axial load Number of parallel planes of battens 11 .the clear distance between the flanges. Twice the clear distance from the neutral axis of a beam to the compression flange. Gauge Outstand of the stiffener Moment of inertia Flexural stiffness Coefficients Distance from outer face of flange to web toe of fillet of member to be stiffened Span/length of the member Effective length of the member Bending moment Maximum moment (plastic) capacity of a section Maximum moment (plastic) capacity of a section subjected to bending and axial loads. The modulus of elasticity for steel.APPENDIX B: Symbols Cross-sectional area ( used with subscripts has been defined at appropriate place) Respectively the greater and lesser projection of the plate beyond column Length of side of cap or base Width of steel flange in encased member Coefficient The distance centre to centre of battens Distance between vertical stiffeners Respectively the lesser and greater distances from the sections neutral axis to the extreme fibres Overall depth of beam Depth of girder . neglecting fillets or the inner toes of the flange angles as appropriate. neglecting fillets or the clear distance between the inner toes of the flange angles as appropriate.to be taken as the clear distance between the flange angles or where there are no flange angles the clear distance between flanges ignoring fillets Diameter of the reduced end of the column i) For the web of a beam without horizontal stiffeners .

Maximum permissible tensile stress due to bending in a member not subjected to axial force Maximum permissible stress in concrete in compression Maximum permissible equivalent stress Maximum permissible bearing stress in a member Maximum permissible bearing stress in a fastener Maximum permissible stress in steel in compression Maximum permissible stress in axial tension in fastener Calculated average axial compressive stress Calculated average stress in a member due to an axial tensile force Calculated compressive stress in a member due to bending about a principal axis 12 .Coefficient in the Merchant Rankine formula. ratio of the effective length to the appropriate radius of gyration Characteristic slenderness ratio = Maximum permissible compressive stress in an axially loaded strut not subjected to bending Maximum permissible tensile stress in an axially loaded tension member not subjected to bending Maximum permissible compressive stress in slab base Maximum permissible compressive stress due to bending in a member not subjected to axial force. compressive or tensile Calculated maximum load capacity of a strut Calculated maximum load capacity as a tension member Euler load Yield strength of axially loaded section The reaction of the beam at the support Radius of gyration of the section Transverse distance between centroids of rivets groups or welding Staggered pitch Mean thickness of compression flange used with subscripts has been defined at appropriate place) Thickness of web Transverse shear Longitudinal shear Calculated maximum shear capacity of a section Total load Pressure or loading on the underside of the base Plastic modulus of the section Ratio of smaller to larger moment Stiffness ratio Slenderness ratio of the member.4 Axial force. assumed as 1.

13 . For symmetrical sections. y denote the x-x and y-y axes of the section respectively. NOTE .Calculated compressive stress in a member due to bending about a principal axis Calculated tensile stress in a member due to bending about both principal axes Maximum permissible average shear stress in a member Maximum permissible shear stress in a member Maximum permissible shear stress in fastener Ratio of the rotation at the hinge point to the relative elastic rotation of the far end of the beam segment containing plastic hinge angle of twist (in a beam subjected to torsion) Coefficient Ratio of total area of both the flanges at the point of least bending moment to the corresponding area at the point of greatest bending moment Ratio of moment of inertia of the compression flange alone to that of the sum of the moments of inertia of the flanges each calculated about its own axis parallel to the y-y axis of the girder.The subscript x. at the point of maximum bending moment. x-x denotes the major principal axis whilst y-y denotes the minor principal axis.

nuts and lock nuts (diameter 6 to 39mm) and black hexagon screws (diameter 6 to 24 mm) (first revision) 1364-1967 Precision and semi-precision hexagon bolts. screws. nuts and lock nuts (diameter range 6 to 39 mm) (first revision) 1367-1967 Technical supply conditions for threaded fasteners (first revision) 1393-1961 Code of practice for training and testing of oxy-acetylene welders 1395-1982 Molybdenum and chromium molybdenum vanadium low alloy steel electrodes for metal arc welding (third revision) 1477 Code of practice for painting of ferrous metals in buildings: (Part 1) .1991 Part 2 for welding sheets 816-1969 Code of practice for use of metal arc welding for general construction in mild steel (first revision) 817-1966 Code of practice for training and testing of metal arc welders (revised) 819-1957 Code of practice for resistance spot welding for light assemblies in mild steel 875-1987 Code of practice for structural safety of buildings: Loading standards 919-1963 Recommendations for limits and fits for engineering (revised) 961-1975 Structural steel (high tensile) (Second revision) 962-1967 Code of practice for architectural and building drawings (first revision) 1024-1992 Code of practice for use of welding in bridges and structures subject to dynamic loading 1030-1982 Carbon steel castings for general engineering purposes (second revision) 1148-1973 Hot-rolled steel rivet bars (up to 40mm diameter) for structural purposes (second revision) 1149-1982 High tensile steel rivet bars for structural purposes 1261-1959 Code of practice for seam welding in mild steel 1278-1972 Filler rods and wires for gas welding (second revision) 1323-1962 Code of practice for oxy-acetylene welding for structural work in mild steel (revised) 1363-1967 Black hexagon bolts.APPENDIX C: Relevant Indian Standards IS: 226-1975 Structural steel (standard quality) (fifth revision) 456-2000 Code of practice for plain and reinforced concrete (third revision) 696-1972 Code of practice for general engineering drawings (second revision) 786-1967 (Supplement) SI supplement to Indian Standard conversion factors and conversion tables (first revision) 800-1984 Code of Practice for General Construction in Steel 801-1975 Code of Practice for the use of cold-formed light gauge steel structural members in general building construction 812-1957 Glossary of terms relating to welding and cutting of metals 813-1961 Scheme of symbols for welding 814 Covered electrodes for metal arc welding of structural steels: (Part 1) .1995 Part 1 Pre-treatment 173 .1991 Part 1 for welding products other than sheets (Part 2) .

SP6 .(Part 2) .1995 Part 2 Painting 1893-1991 Criteria for earthquake resistant design of structures (third revision) 1929-1961 Rivets for general purposes (12 to 48 mm diameter) 1977-1975 Structural steel (ordinary quality) (second revision) 2062-1992 Weldable structural steel (third revision) 2155-1982 Rivets for general purposes (below 12 mm diameter) 3613-1974 Acceptance tests for wire-flux combinations for submerged-arc welding of structural steels (first revision) 3640-1967 Hexagon fit bolts 3757-1972 High-tensile friction grip bolts (first revision) 4000-1967 Code of practice for assembly of structural joints using high tensile friction grip fasteners 5369-1975 General requirements for plain washers and lock washers (first revision) 5370-1969 Plain washers with outside diameter 3 times inside diameter 5372-1975 Taper washers for channels (ISMC) (first revision) 5374-1975 Taper washers for I-beams (ISMB) (first revision) 6419-1971 Welding rods and bare electrodes for gas shielded arc welding of structural steel 6560-1972 Molybdenum and chromium-molybdenum low alloy steel welding rods and base electrodes for gas shielded arc welding 6610-1972 Heavy washers for steel structures 6623-1972 High tensile friction grip nuts 6639-1972 Hexagon bolts for steel structures 6649-1972 High tensile friction grip washers. 7205-1973 Safety code for erection of structural steel work 7215-1974 Tolerances for fabrication of steel structures 7280-1974 Bare wire electrodes for submerged arc welding of structural steels 7307 (Part 1) -1974 Approval tests for welding procedures: Part I Fusion welding of steel 7310 (Part 1) -1974 Approval tests for welders working to approved welding procedures: Part 1 Fusion welding of steel 7318 (Part 1) -1974 Approval tests for welders when welding procedure is not required: Part 1 Fusion welding of steel 8500-1977 Weldable structural steel (medium and high strength qualities) 9595-1980 Recommendations for metal arc welding of carbon and carbon manganese steels.1972 Handbook for Structural Engineers .Application of Plastic theory in the Design of Steel Structures 174 .

a simple approach often adopted by structural designers for rapid design of steel structures is known as the bi-moment method and is sufficiently accurate for practical purposes. 3. varies along the member length.APPENDIX D: An Approximate Method of Torsion Analysis 1. These are termed Warping Normal Stresses. therefore. 2. 1 and Fig. The angle of twist. The direct and shear stresses caused are shown in Fig. The applied torque is replaced by a couple of horizontal forces acting in the plane of the top and bottom flanges as shown in Fig. The magnitude of the warping normal stress at any particular point given by in the cross section is Where = normalized warping function at a particular point in the cross section 16 . The applied torque is resisted by a couple comprising the two forces equal to the shear forces in each flange. For an section. Each of these flanges can be visualised as a separate beam subjected to bending moments produced by the forces This leads to bending stresses in the flanges. When a uniform torque is applied to an open section restrained against warping. These forces act at a distance equal to the depth between the centroids of each flange.0 Approximate Method of Torsion Analysis An Due to the complexity of the Torsion analysis. the member itself will be in non-uniform torsion. the warping resistance can be interpreted in a simple way. The rotation of the section will be accompanied by bending of flanges in their own plane.

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This is also called "fixed" end condition.1 The effect of Torsional Rigidity (GJ) and Warping Rigidity (ET) on the Design of Sections The warping deflections due to the displacement of the flanges vary along the length of the member. The stiffness of the member associated with the former stresses is directly proportional to the warping rigidity. Most thin walled open sections fall under this category. The following end conditions are. relevant for torsion calculations • Torsion fixed. When the torsional rigidity is very large compared to the warping rigidity. rectangular or square hollow sections) angles and Tees behave this way.2 End Conditions The end support conditions of the member influence the torsional behaviour significantly. 177 . as do most flat plates and all circular sections. Both direct and shear stresses are generated in addition to those due to bending and pure torsion. therefore. The in-plane shear stresses are called Warping shear stresses. Their magnitude varies along the length of the element. 1. 1. the members will be in a state of non-uniform torsion and the loading will be resisted by a combination of uniform (St. three ideal situations are described below.An approximate method of calculating the normalised warping function for any section is described in by Nethercot etal. In other words. Closed sections (e. Hot rolled sections as well as channel sections exhibit a torsional behaviour in between these two extremes. Warping fixed: This means that the twisting along the longitudinal (Z) axis and also the warping of cross section at the end of the member are prevented. They are constant across the thickness of the element. The magnitude of the warping shear stress at any given point is given by where = Warping statical moment of area at a particular point Values of warping normal stress and in-plane shear stress are tabulated in standard steel tables produced by steel makers. then the section will effectively be in "uniform torsion". Warping fixity cannot be provided without also ensuring torsional fixity. (It must be noted that torsional fixity is essential at least in one location to prevent the structural element twisting bodily).g.Venant's) and warping torsion. Conversely if is very small compared with the member will effectively be subjected to warping torsion. =0 at the end).

Warping free: This means that the cross section at the end of the member cannot twist. Combined Bending and Torsion There will be an interaction between the torsional and flexural effects. The unsupported end of cantilever illustrates this condition. • Torsion free. 2.• Torsion fixed. then the member would develop only pure torsion. inducing additional warping moments and torsional 178 . It may be more practical to assume "warping free" condition even when the structural element is treated as "fixed" for bending. This is also called "pinned" end condition. The angle of twist caused by torsion would be amplified by bending moment. the rate of change of angle of twist will vary along the length of the member. but is allowed to warp.0 Pure Torsion and Warping When a torque is applied only at the ends of a member such that the ends are free to warp. It is also necessary to restrain the flanges by additional suitable reinforcements. The warping shear stress at a point is given by Where = Modulus of elasticity = Warping statical moment at a particular point S chosen. The total angle of twist over a length of is given by Where = applied torque = Torsional Rigidity When a member is in non-uniform torsion.0 = Normalised warping function at the chosen point S. due to bending moment in-plane of flanges (bi-moment) is The warping normal stress given by where 3. Effective warping fixity is difficult to provide. (This is also called "free" end condition). It is not enough to provide a connection. when a load produces both bending and torsion. Warping free: This means that the end is free to twist and warp. which provides fixity for bending about both axes.

part 1 179 . the longitudinal direct stresses will be due to three causes.e. The SCI publication has suggested a simple "buckling check" along lines similar to BS 5950. when is less than the values of and will be amplified.2 Buckling Check Whenever lateral torsional buckling governs the design (i. is dependent on twist which itself is dependent on the major axis moment and the Methods of evaluating for various conditions of loading and boundary conditions are given in the SCI publication referred above. This is analogous to the checks for buckling effects in columns due to effects. Salter and Malik. 3.1 Maximum Stress Check or "Capacity check" The maximum stress at the most highly stressed cross section is limited to the design strength Assuming elastic behaviour and assuming that the loads produce bending about the major axis in addition to torsion. 3.shears.The following design checks are suggested in the SCI publication "Design of members subject to combined Bending and Torsion' by Nethercot.

3. the "capacity checks" and the "buckling checks" are modified as follows: Capacity check: 3.4 Torsional Shear Stress check Torsional shear stresses and warping shear stresses should also be amplified in a similar manner: This shear stress should be added to the shear stresses due to bending in checking the adequacy of the section. 180 .3 Applied Loading having both Major axis and Minor Axis Moments When the applied loading produces both major axis and minor axis moments.

APPENDIX E: Location of Neutral Axis (1) For concrete encased steel sections: Major axis bendins 181 .

Note: is the sum of the reinforcement area within the region of (2) For concrete filled tubular sections Major axis bending Note: • For circular tubular section substitute can be used by For minor axis bending the same equations interchanging and as well as the subscripts and 182 .

The manual contains details of products. Publications Avalable For Sale 1. The 'Buyer's Manual' brought out by the Institute is a very useful document. grades of steel and marketing procedure including lead time. Directory of Steel Supply Chain The Institute compiled and printed 'Directory of Steel Supply Chain' for improving interaction among professionals engaged directly or indirectly in the business of steel. The manual is also available in the form of user-friendly CD version. Reference Manual for Structural Engineers Since the existing BIS Structural Engineers Handbook (last revised in 1964) does not contain information about sectional properties of all the presently available sections from the producers and import as required by designers.for a complete set of hardcopy and CD ROM together. importers etc. INSDAG has prepared and published up-to-date "Reference Manual for Structural Engineers". 3. Publication No INS/PUB/001 Price Rs 685/- 2. fabricators. In 8 . INSDAG has undertaken some important projects and already published some valuable documents. Buyer's Manual (including CD ROM) The professionals in the steel supply chain have also been in need of a source book for obtaining ready reference for their steel product needs. minimum order quantity etc. It contains contact details of more than 5000 architects. designers. The directory fulfills long-standing need of professionals in the country. steel producers.for hardcopy and CD ROM version separately. re-rollers. the Manual also contains brief extract from important codes. Their popularity is largely due to the speed with which bridges / flyovers can be constructed in busy metros. Some of the projects are currently on going and the publications will be available in appropriate times. details of producers etc. In addition to sectional properties. Following are a brief glimpse on some of the activities of INSDAG: A. Handbook on Composite Construction: Bridges and Flyover Steel-concrete Composite Construction is widely used in the advanced countries. and Rs 550/. Publication No INS/PUB/003 Price Rs 450/- 4. builders. consultants. which has a listing of about 220 steel companies/traders/importers etc. Publication No INS/PUB/ 002 Price Rs 350/.INSDAG'S ACTIVITIES AND PUBLICATIONS During the past three and half years.

has been prepared. Life Cycle Cost Assessment of a Typical Urban Flyover Though presently steel intensive construction is not able to compete with concrete construction on the initial cost basis. It has been observed that though the initial cost of the concrete intensive option was 10 percent lower than the steel intensive option. erection and cost apart from being aesthetically elegant. Publication No INS/PUB/ 004 Price Rs 525/- 5. The study was made in April 2000. construction.order to provide guidance to the professionals to use this technology for design of bridges and flyovers. In order to provide the engineers proper technical write-up about occurrence of corrosion and ways to overcome it as being done in the developed countries. The work has been done in association with two leading consultants: M/s STUP Consultants Ltd and M/s CES (I) Pvt. Base paper Price Rs 200/- 8. Publication No INS/PUB/017 Price Rs 600/- . a comprehensive corrosion protection guide publication has been published. Publication No INS/PUB/ 016 Price Rs 285/- 7. Further detailed analysis has also been made.making. the life cycle cost of the steel option is economical to the owner by 49 percent as well as the BOOT partner by 28 percent. an interesting life cycle cost assessment study has been made fore a typical urban flyover for two city locations. printed and widely circulated. Case Studies on Pre-Engineered Buildings and Space Frame Pre-engineered buildings and space frames are widely employed in the advanced countries in view of their multifarious benefits such as: significant saving in time of designing. life cycle cost (LCC) is generally favourable. With a view to popularize their use in India. Publication No INS/PUB/ 005 Price Rs 85/- 6. This handbook is user friendly and contains 4 sample calculations for 16 metre and 24 metre spans along with properties of Composite Sections to help in designing similar problems quickly and accurately. Keeping this in view. nine case studies of such constructions recently executed in the country have been prepared and published. Ltd. Life Cycle Cost Study on Bangalore Mass Rapid Transit System INSDAG has carried out a techno-economic study on life cycle cost assessment of elevated viaducts for the proposed Bangalore Mass Rapid Transit System Limited with the steel intensive construction route. one handbook. In the advanced countries. based on Indian codes. Corrosion Protection of Structural Steel in Buildings and Bridges Corrosion has been told to be the major problem for application of steel in construction sector. LCC is often used an important tool for decision.

about 50 rail bridges were visited for data collection. RDSO and railway officials in different zones. Handbooks on Composite Construction : Multilevel Carparks With the same objective of Composite Construction: Bridge and Flyover handbook. Survey of Important Rail Bridges It had been planned to conduct survey of about 100 important rail bridges to ascertain the performance of steel bridges vis-a-vis RCC and pre-stressed concrete bridges. Handbook on Composite Construction: Multi-Storey Buildings INSDAG brought out this publication to promote steel-concrete composite construction in Multi-Storey Building. Splices. Welding process and joints. Handbook on Structural Steel Detailing To simplify the fabrication process by bringing about uniformity in detailing as also to reduce the risk of corrosion and to provide technical aid to small fabricators and designers. Electrodes and Equipment. The outcome of this study indicates that initial direct cost of 5 level & 7 level steel intensive Carpark is lower than that of RCC option. Welding Guide for Structural Steel Various steel products—sections in the form of joists. With the help and support from ED (B&S). Publication No INS/PUB/ 018 Price Rs 250/- 10. design guidebooks are also being prepared on Car Parks (Part 2) and Buildings (Part 3) under the steel intensive composite construction route. Publication No. and other useful information. The guide is broadly divided into seven chapters namely: Structural steel and welding. controls and care. SHS/RHS and plates of different thicknesses are now available in the domestic market.9. columns & composite 10 . channels. It is spread over 12 chapters and 6 Appendices namely: Joining. Weld economics and cost calculations. a Handbook on Steel Detailing is have been prepared. The book is comprised of about 230 pages including 180 figures and 37 tables. Inspection and acceptance criteria.: INS/PUB/021 Price Rs 825/- 13. It has been observed that bridges with steel superstructure constructed even more than 100 years ago are still functioning well. Stairs and Hand Railings etc. Publication No INS/PUB/ 019 on Car Park Price Rs 625/- 11. angles. this welding guide will provide consolidated information covering structural steel grades. Welding defects. and relevant data for another about 50 bridges have been collected. and Ladders. Beam to Beam Connection. Publication No: INS/PUB/020 Price Rs 350/- 12. Trusses. Write-up on design aspects of composite beams. Though different steel companies and welding suppliers have published some information on welding aspects of their specific products using proprietary consumables. which could serve a useful reference for the Supervisors/Practicing Engineers engaged in steelwork.

conference halls etc.: INS/PUB/034 16. In order to assess the most cost effective pavement solution for National Highways & Expressways INSDAG carried out a study on CRCP and published a document entitled "Life Cycle Cost Analysis and Techno-Economic Study for the Use of Reinforced Cement Concrete Roads in National Highways and Expressways". based on the applicable Indian. AASHTO and British Standards as well as based on the published literature. Design of Composit Truss for Building Rolled/fabricated beams are commonly being used as the structural members of medium span structures. It also contains a detailed example covering all important aspects of design by limit state method. Accordingly CRCP is the best long-term pavement solution both on cost as well as maintenance point of view for National highways & expressways. shows that LCC cost of CRCP is lower than jointed plain concrete pavement (JPCP). This design handbook also covers the complete detail design of a typical G+3 & B+G+9 storeyed Residential & Commercial Buildings.: INS/PUB/023 Price Rs 600/Price Rs 625/- 15.slabs using profiled deck. industrial buildings. though its cost effectiveness is often questioned. Publication No.: INS/PUB/022 14. Publication No.Moreover for longer spans. use of steel truss as the structural member of composite section is most desired. The outcome of the study reveals that the LCC cost of CRCP is much lower than flexible pavement. Some beginning has been made in our country also. where large column free spans are a necessity. Publication No. office buildings. Use of steel-concrete composite truss is ideally suited for applications in community halls. Life Cycle Cost Analysis and Techno-Economic Study for the Use of Reinforced Cement Concrete Roads in National Highways and Expressways Rigid pavement is widely used in the developed countries. On life cycle cost basis rigid pavements are very cost effective due much lower vehicle operating cost & maintenance cost. total initial cost and life cycle cost assessment of two typical urban commercial buildings has been done in association with leading consultants like M N Dastur & Co Private Ltd. a study on the construction cost. and Development Consultants Private Ltd. Keeping this in view. Economics of Two Steel Framed Commercial Buildings: Under Initial Cost and Life Cycle Cost Assessment Route Steel intensive construction for buildings is gradually becoming a subject of interest in India. The publication mainly covers framing. An analysis. 325/Price Rs. 475/- . The sustainability of construction is also another important modern concept for buildings. analysis and connection details followed in advanced countries. Publication No INS/PUB/ 035 Price: Rs.

doors and related accessories will find it very useful in terms of design. (G+3) & (G+6) Storied Residential Buildings with Steel -Concrete Composite Option In the publication the modern trend of Steel-Concrete Composite construction has been considered. It also includes a study of the cost effectiveness of the steel-Concrete Composite options vis-a-vis RCC option based on the type plan of (G+3) & (G+6) storied residential buildings collected from a live example. distributors/ retailers. steel doors and windows are now being preferred for various applications. Publication No. The Composite options have been considered with conventional brick cladding and with lighter cladding material like M2 Panel/Aerocon Blocks/Gypcrete etc. designers.. Users of windows. designers. The Composite options have been considered with conventional brick cladding and with lighter cladding material like M2 Panel/Aerocon Blocks/Gypcrete etc. Publication No. this book helps the builders. specifiers / procurement officers. sourcing and application of these products.: INS/PUB/048 Price Rs 650/- 20. 300/- 18. offices. factories and hospitals. policy-workers and government officials.17. Steel windows. Corrosion Protection & Maintenance. manufacturing process. flats. Cost Index & Practices and Bibliography. beams & trusses with SHS sections and Ferro-Cement 12 . This publication provides general and technical information concerning steel doors & windows. Publication No INS/PUB/ 036 Price: Rs. Guidebook on Steel Doors and Windows for Domestic Use Traditionally wooden doors and windows have been used in places like homes. which has indicated substantial savings over its RCC option.. With the developments taken place in advanced countries. hotels. Typical Design of Cost-effective Rural Housing Housing is considered as one of the major problems in the world. This publication covers a study on the cost effectiveness of the fast-track Steel -Concrete Composite construction in comparison with the RCC option based on the same type plan of a (B+G+20) storied residential building which has been collected from a live example. This publication includes a Housing scheme with Steel in frame having colums. This guidebook is broadly divided into seven chapters namely: Introduction. Steel Doors. Architects to selects an econoimic and safe Technical option for their projects. architects. which has indicated substantial savings over its RCC option. The design of the structural elements have been carried out following relevant Indian/foreign standards in Limit State Method of Design both for RCC and Composite construction.(B+G+20) Storied Residential Building with Steel-Concrete Composite Option In India residential buildings are coming up in numbers with a height of 20 storied and above to accommodate the influx of population to Metros which are facing severe space constraint. builders and suppliers.: INS/PUB/047 Price Rs 650/- 19. The beneficiaries of this publication are buyers. manufacturers. The habitation conditions of the Indian villagers particularly need to be improved. Standards for Manufacturing. The design of the Structural elements has been carried out in Limit State Method of Design following Indian/foreign standards both for RCC & Composite options.

Later on. ft.panels used for roofing and cladding. ft. All the 45 chapters are available in the INSDAG website www. DrS. Preparation of all the 45 chapters for one semester course had been completed after expert reviews. Malviya National Institute of Technology-Jaipur and IIT-Roorkee with total involvement of the expert team to train approximately 220 teachers from 173 engineering colleges using the state-of-art teaching material.ft. 2. Jayachandran and others) under the leadership of Dr. These drawings are available for sale. and 840 sq. expert from Steel Construction Institute. The project on Teaching Resource for Structrual Steel Design for the Faculty of Civil/Structural Engineering has been pursued by the Expert Team (Dr V Kalyanraman.steel-insdag. Mr A. 435 sq. The housing scheme has been developed with doubled-layered Ferro-Cement cladding having an air-gap in between and with sufficient openings for ventilation. Orissa. Satish Kumar. which makes habitation comfortable for the villagers. INSDAG had prepared a steel intensive design for a raised two-storey school building (15 m X 15 m X 8 m) with required wind loading to be used as a cyclone/flood relief center in Paradeep. the Institute has also developed detail-engineering drawings for the single-storeyed building and the G+3 building (640 sqft appartments) and submitted to the concerned authorities in Gujarat. Elevated units also take care of water clogging during monsoon. R. Teaching Resource for Structural Steel Design for Faculty of Civil/Structural Engg. 4. DrS. Narayanan.ft. In view of the need for speedy rehabilitation and reconstruction of earthquake affected areas in Gujarat and based on interaction made with various agencies. Six Workshops for the university faculty have been organized at six different places namely IIT-Chennai. height: 8 m) of tubular structure displaying steel application in a typical road island. the Institute had prepared general arrangement drawings of 7 variants (260 sq.one of the major stakeholders. Delhi College of Engineering-Delhi. and it is designed to take care of the effects of Earthquake & Wind. 640 sq.: INS/PUB/049 B. Design of a Typical cyclone / Flood relief Center at Paradip At the instance of JPC . Dr A R Santhakumar.R. Seetharaman. 3.. BE College(DU)-Howrah.org. in G+1 and G+3 modules) with the help of a leading consultant and submitted to concerned authorities in Gujarat. Price Rs 3007- . Publication No. UK. IIT-Mumbai. Projects Under Progress 1. Road Island Project INSDAG has prepared a design of an exquisite inverted pyramid (top: 16 m X 16 m. for rural areas. Earthquake Resistant Design of Structures Steel is globally used for earthquake resistant structures.

A Worldwide Choice D. builders at various conferences and other forums: • • • • • Pre-engineered Buildings Steel —The Right Choice for Building Construction Steel — The Trusted Material for Bridges and Flyovers Corrosion Protection of Structural Steel in Buildings and Bridges Steel Car Parks . The technical volumes are available for sale. Hyderabad. Price Rs 800/. Other Activities 1. The final selection will be done in June 2003. Bhubaneswar. Price Rs 2500/. Student Award Scheme for Best Innovative Use of Steel inArchitecture In the fourth year (2002 .a quarterly news bulletin Insdag E-News Letter . Steel Promotional Brochures The Institute has published five attractive promotional/ awareness brochures for free distribution to target customers such as designers. Regular Publications of Insdag 1. concept of earthquake resistant design had also been included in the lecture material of some refresher courses. 5. Insdag's Steel in Construction .Monthly Price Rs 90/Price Rs 20/Free E. About 250 professionals and 50 faculties have been exposed to composite construction technology.Technical volumes are available for sale. architects. Only CD ROM is available at Rs 800/.for full set (Rs 3000/.a half yearly technical journal INSDAG News .(for each course) C. two at Chennai. Ranchi and IITGuwahati. 14 . 2. one each at Delhi.with CD).03) for the "Student Award Scheme for the Innovative Use of Steel in Architecture". These consist of two at Calcutta. consultants. Considering the importance of ductile design of steel structures. The last date of recipt of entries is 30th January 2003 The entries will be evaluated by Zonal Committees in the month of April 2003. 3.only. Twelve refresher courses had been conducted till December 2002. Refresher Courses on Composite Construction Improving knowledge and skill of professionals in design using composite construction has been identified as an important area of activity. Ahmedabad. an exciting brief entitled "World Class Shopping Plaza" had been prepared and circulated to more than 100 Schools of Architecture / Engineering Colleges.

INSDAG has been included in a sub-committee entrusted to preparation of "Guidelines for design of Composite / Steel Box Girder bridges" considered to be cost effective for relatively higher spans where composite bridges using steel plate girders are not economical compared to other competitive options. This necessitated modification of Codes of Practices (BIS/IRC Codes which have not kept pace with the technological improvements in latest design methodologies). Review of Relevant Documents for Modification of IRC 22. pertaining to construction in steel as well as steel-concrete composite. Advances on knowledge of structural behaviour resulting from research need to be adopted in design practice for innovative / efficient design techniques. modifications have been suggested to clauses pertaining of deflection stipulation. UK In addition to the above. Interfacing with the MOS The Institute has prepared technical documents/Vision Paper for consideration/perusal by concerned authorities: o Use of steel crash barriers on bridges and highways o Input paper on National Steel Policy with particular focus on construction sector safety requirement o Justification for adoption of steel scaffolding in place of bamboo/wood based on life cycle costing and 4. F. IRC 24 and some IS codes. The entries will be evaluated by Zonal Committees in the month of April-May 2003. INSDAG has been involved in IRC B-7 Committee engaged in revision of IRC 22. The final selection will be done in July 2003. Also.2003) for the "Award Scheme for Civil and Structural Engineering Students for Best Innovative Structural Steel Design". 24 pertaining to construction of composite. an exciting brief on the theme of "Elevated Light Rail Transit System" has been prepared and circulated to more than 240 Engineering Institutions. modular ratio and shear connector capacity in the present design environment (working stress method). Award Scheme for Civil and Structural Engineering Students for Best Innovative Structural Steel Design In the third year (2002 . It has been estimated that amended clause on deflection stipulation itself will reduce the weight of bridge girder to the tune of 13 percent. 3. The last date of receipt of entries is 31 st March 2003. A list of such publications is provided below: . steel bridges respectively. and a Committee on IS 800 engaged in modifying the Code of Practice for use of structural steel in general building construction to limit state method. To make the design of steel bridges as well as steel-concrete composite bridges economical and rational based on the state-of-the-art methodologies. INSDAG has published 20 important documents under copyright from the steel Construction Institute. Copyright Publications From SCI. UK on steel intensive design of structures.2.

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