D5.C.5 Member Design
The design philosophy embodied in this specification is based on the concept of limit state design. Structures are designed and proportioned taking into consideration the limit states at which they would become unfit for their intended use. Two major categories of limit-state are recognized - ultimate and serviceability. The primary considerations in ultimate limit state design are strength and stability, while that in serviceability is deflection.
The following sections describe the salient features of the design approach. In the STAAD.Pro implementation, members are proportioned to resist the design loads without exceeding the limit states of strength, stability, and serviceability. Member selection is done on the basis of selecting the most economic section on the basis of the least weight criteria. It is generally assumed that you (the engineer) will take care of the detailing requirements, such as the provision of stiffeners, and check the local effects like flange buckling, web crippling, etc.
You are allowed complete control over the design process through the use of the parameters listed in D5.C.6 Design Parameters. Default values of parameters will yield reasonable results in most circumstances. However, you should control the design and verify results through the use of the design parameters.