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Design of Stiffeners Under Loads

As per AISC guidelines, the combined effect of forces from moment and shear should be considered while designing fasteners or welds for end connections of girders, beams, and trusses. When flanges or moment connection plates for end connections of beams and girders are welded to the flange of an I- or H-shape column, a pair of column-web stiffeners having a combined cross-sectional area Ast not less than that calculated from the following equations must be provided whenever the calculated value of Astis positive:

Ast = Pbf-Fyctwc(tb+5K) / Fyst


Criteria for Buildings

The AISC specification for ASD for buildings places a limit on compressive stress in webs to prevent local web yielding. For a rolled beam, bearing stiffeners are required at a concentrated load if the stress f a , ksi (MPa), at the toe of the web fillet exceeds Fa= 0.66Fyw , where Fyw is the minimum specified yield stress of the web steel, ksi (MPa). In the calculation of the stressed area, the load may be assumed distributed over the distance.

For a concentrated load applied at a distance larger than the depth of the beam from the end of the beam:


Combined Axial Compression Or Tension And Bending

The AISC specification for allowable stress design for buildings includes three interaction formulas for combined axial compression and bending.

When the ratio of computed axial stress to allowable axial stress f /F a exceeds 0.15, both of the following equations must be satisfied:

( f a / F a ) + ( C m x f b x ) / (1– f a /F e x ) F b x + C m y f b y / (1 – f a / F e y ) F b y ? 1

f a / 0.60F y + f b x /F b x + f b y / F b y ? 1

when f a /F a ? 0.15, the following equation may be used instead of the preceding two:

f a / F a + f b x / F b x + f b y / F b y ? 1

In the preceding equations, subscripts x and y indicate the axis of bending about which the stress occurs, and


Deflections of Bents and Shear Walls

Horizontal deflections in the planes of bents and shear walls can be computed on the assumption that they act as cantilevers. Deflections of braced bents can be calculated
by the dummy-unit-load method or a matrix method. Deflections of rigid frames can be computed by adding the drifts of the stories, as determined by moment distribution
or a matrix method.

Building frame resists lateral forces
Figure showing Building frame resists lateral forces with (a) wind bents or (g) shear walls or a combination of the two. Bents may be braced in any of several ways, including (b) X bracing, (c) K bracing, (d) inverted V bracing, (e) knee bracing, and (f) rigid connections.


Load Distribution To Bents And Shear Walls

Provision should be made for all structures to transmit lateral loads, such as those from wind, earthquakes, and traction and braking of vehicles, to foundations and their supports