Continuing Education

Design of Curved Members with the new AISC Design Guide [N5]

The new AISC Design Guide for curved members is now available. This session will provide an overview of the design guide, with detailed design information on vertically-curved members and a brief discussion of horizontally-curved members. This session will also address connection design for curved members and the effects of cross-sectional distortion caused bending in the plane of curvature. Although the structural behavior of curved members can be much different from their straight counterparts, the Design Guide provides recommendations for using the AISC Specification equations for straight members to design curved members. This ""equivalent straight member"" method will allow the use of existing commercial software for curved member design by modifying effective length factors and lateral-torsional buckling modification factors to account for the curvature.

Intended Audience: Engineers, Fabricators, Erectors
Track: Design & Analysis

  • Date: 4/11/2018 - 4/13/2018
  • PDH Credits: 0


Bo Dowswell, PE, PhD

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