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Notes on the AISC 360-16 Provisions for Slender Compression Elements in Compression Members

Notes on the AISC 360-16 Provisions for Slender Compression Elements in Compression Members

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Notes on the AISC 360-16 Provisions for Slender Compression Elements in Compression Members

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Geschwindner, Louis F.; Troemner, Matthew (2016). "Notes on the AISC 360-16 Provisions for Slender Compression Elements in Compression Members," Engineering Journal, American Institute of Steel Construction, Vol. 53, pp. 137-146.

Compression member strength is controlled by the limit states of flexural buckling, torsional buckling, and flexural-torsional buckling, as applicable. These compression members may buckle globally or locally, depending on the overall column slenderness and the local plate element slenderness for the plates that make up the shape. If any of the plate elements will buckle at a stress lower than that which would cause the column to buckle globally, the local buckling of the plate will control the overall column strength. When this occurs, the column is said to be composed of slender elements.

This paper will briefly discuss past specification provisions for slender element compression members and introduce the new provisions in the 2016 AISC Specification. It will present a simplification that reduces the number of constants that must be used and will present the specifica- tion requirements in an alternate format. Because the 2016 requirements result in different strengths than the 2010 requirements, figures are provided to illustrate the overall impact of these changes on column strength. 

  • Published: 2016, Quarter 3

Author(s)

Louis F. Geschwindner and Matthew Troemner