Behaviour and Design of Steel Structures to AS4100 by Nick Trahair, Mark A Bradford

By Nick Trahair, Mark A Bradford

The behaviour of metal buildings and the standards utilized in their layout are set out intimately during this publication. The publication bridges the distance among the tools of research and the sizing of structural parts. the foundation of the restrict nation layout standards of the most recent Australian code for structural metal are defined, and the reader is pointed to the proper provisions of the code.

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The loads acting on structures are considered, and the choice of appropriate methods of analysing steel structures is discussed. Finally, the considerations governing the synthesis of an understanding of structural behaviour with the results of analysis to form the design processes of AS4100 [6] are treated. 1 DESIGN REQUIREMENTS The principal design requirement of a structure is that it should be effective; that is, it should fulfil the objectives and satisfy the needs for which it was created.

Where snow loads are important, they are usually allowed for by making appropriate changes to the design live loads calculated for the exposed areas of the structure. In regions of high seismicity, the effects on the structure of earthquake ground motions of appropriate magnitude and distribution in time must be allowed for. Very 18 The behaviour 18 Behaviour and and design Designofofsteel Steelstructures StructurestotoAS AS4100 4100 flexible structures with long natural periods of vibration respond in an equivalent static manner to the high frequencies of earthquake movements, and so can be designed as if loaded by static force equivalents.

Purely flexural structures, and purely axial structures with lightly loaded compression members, behave as if linear (curve 1 in Fig. 14). However, structures with both flexural and axial actions Fig. 13 Structural load-transfer actions Introduction 15 Introduction behave non-linearly, even near the service loads (curve 3 in Fig. 14). This is a result of the geometrically non-linear behaviour of its members (see Fig. 12). Most steel structures behave non-linearly near their ultimate loads, unless they fail prematurely due to brittle fracture, fatigue, or local buckling.

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