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D10.A.6 Column Design

Columns design in STAAD.Pro per the Mexican code is performed for axial force and uniaxial as well as biaxial moments. All active loadings are checked to compute reinforcement. The loading which produces the largest amount of reinforcement is called the critical load. Column design is done for square, rectangular and circular sections. For rectangular and circular sections, reinforcement is always assumed to be equally distributed on all faces. This means that the total number of bars for these sections will always be a multiple of four (4). If the MMAGx & -MMAGy parameters are specified, the column moments are multiplied by the corresponding MMAG value to arrive at the ultimate moments on the column. Minimum eccentricity conditions to be satisfied according to section 2.1.3.a are checked.

Method used: Bresler Load Contour Method

Known Values: Pu, Muy, Muz, B, D, Clear cover, Fc, Fy

Ultimate Strain for concrete : 0.003

Steps involved:

  1. Assume some reinforcement. Minimum reinforcement (1% for ductile design or according to section 4.2.2 ) is a good amount to start with.

  2. Find an approximate arrangement of bars for the assumed reinforcement.

  3. Calculate PNMAX = Po, where Po is the maximum axial load capacity of the section. Ensure that the  actual nominal load on the column does not exceed PNMAX. If PNMAX is less than the axial force Pu/FR, (FR is the strength reduction factor) increase the reinforcement and repeat steps 2 and 3. If the reinforcement exceeds 6% (or 4% for ductile design), the column cannot be designed with its current dimensions.

  4. For the assumed reinforcement, bar arrangement and axial load, find the uniaxial moment capacities of the column for the Y and the Z axes, independently. These values are referred to as MYCAP and MZCAP respectively.

  5. Solve the Interaction Bresler equation:

    (Mny/Mycap)α + (Mnz/Mzcap)α

    Where α = 1.24. If the column is subjected to uniaxial moment:  α = 1

  6. If the Interaction equation is satisfied, find an arrangement with available bar sizes, find the uniaxial capacities and solve the interaction equation again. If the equation is satisfied now, the reinforcement details are written to the output file.

  7. If the interaction equation is not satisfied, the assumed reinforcement is increased (ensuring that it is under 6% or 4% respectively)  and steps 2 to 6 are repeated.

By the moment to check shear and torsion for columns the sections have to be checked as beams and the most strict of both shear and torsion reinforcement adopted.