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V. AISC LRFD - Double Angle Compression Capacity

To determine the design compressive strength of a long-leg-back-to-back double angle made of American L4X3.5X1/2 angles with 3/4 in. separation.

Reference

Hand calculation using the following reference:

AISC Load Factor Resistance Design, 3rd Edition, Example 4.7, page 4-14.

Problem

Member is 8 ft long. Ends are pinned. Unbraced length should be assumed as the distance between ends.

Fy = 36 ksi

Comparison

The reported STAAD.Pro value is based on the term PNC in the STAAD.Pro output.

Table 1. Comparison of results
Result Type Theory STAAD.Pro Difference
Design strength (kips) 101 101.22 none

STAAD Input

The file C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition\Samples\ Verification Models\09 Steel Design\US\AISC\LRFD 3rd Edition\AISC LRFD - Double Angle Compression Capacity.STD is typically installed with the program.

STAAD SPACE AXIAL COMPRESSION CAPACITY PER AISC LRFD 3RD ED
START JOB INFORMATION
ENGINEER DATE 23-Sep-18
END JOB INFORMATION
*
*  EXAMPLE PROBLEM 4.7, PAGE 4-14, AISC LRFD 3RD ED.
*  CAPACITY (PNC) SHOULD BE ABOUT 101 KIPS
*
UNIT FEET KIP
JOINT COORDINATES
1 0 0 0; 2 0 8 0;
MEMBER INCIDENCES
1 1 2;
UNIT INCHES KIP
MEMBER PROPERTY AMERICAN
1 TABLE LD L40355 SP 0.75
DEFINE MATERIAL START
ISOTROPIC MATERIAL1
E 29000
POISSON 0.3
END DEFINE MATERIAL
CONSTANTS
MATERIAL MATERIAL1 ALL
SUPPORTS
1 PINNED
2 FIXED BUT FY MX MZ
LOAD 1
JOINT LOAD
2 FY -100
PERFORM ANALYSIS
PARAMETER 1
CODE LRFD
FYLD 36 ALL
TRACK 1 ALL
CHECK CODE ALL
FINISH

STAAD Output

                         STAAD.Pro CODE CHECKING - (LRFD 3RD EDITION)   v1.0
                         ***********************
 ALL UNITS ARE - KIP  INCH (UNLESS OTHERWISE Noted)
 MEMBER     TABLE       RESULT/   CRITICAL COND/     RATIO/     LOADING/
                          FX            MY             MZ       LOCATION
 =======================================================================
      1  LD   L40355                   (AISC SECTIONS)
                           PASS     LRFD-H1-1A-C       0.988         1
                      100.00 C          0.00           0.00        0.00
 +---------------------------------------------------------------------+
 | DESIGN STRENGTHS FOR MEMBER     1       UNITS - KIP IN              |
 | PNC=  101.22  PNT=  145.80  MNZ=   81.97  MNY=  107.03  VN=   48.68 |
 +---------------------------------------------------------------------+