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AISC Solicits Research Proposal on Columns Under High Axial Loads and Rotation Demands

March 16, 2004 From American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc.

Current codes and specifications offer little guidance on the design of braced-frame columns under high axial loads and rotation. Designers instead utilize provisions of FEMA 356 for fully restrained moment frames for columns under moderately high axial load in combination with inelastic rotation demand. However, these provisions may be unnecessarily conservative when applied to braced frames.

As a result, AISC is soliciting research proposals to simulate a fixed base column in a buckling restrained braced frame under specific conditions.

For more information on this program, and to obtain information on submitting a research proposal, please visit www.aisc.org/rfp.

For more information contact:

Scott Melnick
VP of Communications
(312) 670-8314
[email protected]


American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information. 

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