D1.B.2.1 Analysis and Design Criteria
It is important recognize that there are two basic issues to be understood with regard to these members a) analysis b) steel design
First, the design issues because only then will their relationship with the analysis issues become apparent. Design of a castellated beam is done only for FY (shear along the web) and MZ (moment about the major axis which is the Z axis). If at the start of the design process, the program detects that the beam has axial force (FX), shear along local-Z (FZ), torsion (MX) or moment about the minor axis (MY), design of that member will be terminated.
Next is how these design limitations have a bearing on the analysis issues. If you intend to design these members, as a result of the above restrictions, he/she must model it in such a way that none of the 4 unacceptable degrees of freedom end up with a non-zero value anywhere along the length of the member. That means, if the member ends are defined as supports, the support conditions must be defined with the above in mind. Similarly, if the castellated member is attached to other members, its end conditions (MEMBER RELEASES) must be modeled taking the above facts into consideration.
The design limitations also have a bearing on the type of loads that are applied to the member. Loads which cause any of the above-mentioned four degrees of freedom to end up with a non-zero value will cause the member design to be terminated.
However, if you wish to only analyze the structure, and are not interested in performing a steel design, the above described restrictions for supports, member end conditions or loading are not applicable.
The design method is the allowable stress method, using mainly the rules stated in the AISC ASD 9th edition code. Only code checking is currently available for castellated beams. Member selection is not.