Session Start Date

11-9-2016

Session End Date

11-9-2016

Abstract

The design of unbraced cold-formed steel beams must consider lateral-torsional buckling due to the low torsional stiffness associated with open cross-sections. The American Iron and Steel Institute incorporated design equations for the critical elastic lateral-torsional buckling stress in the North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Members. These equations are based on elastic theory for singly-symmetric and doubly-symmetric sections. However, the equation for point-symmetric sections is only a rough approximation. Furthermore, there are no provisions for lateral-torsional buckling of non-symmetric sections, or sections oriented to non-principal axes. This paper investigates and develops a general formulation of the lateral-torsional buckling equation to broadly cover all cold-formed steel cross-sections.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Center/Lab(s)

Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures

Meeting Name

International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures 2016

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

11-9-2016

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2016 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Lateral-Torsional Buckling of General Cold-Formed Steel Beams

The design of unbraced cold-formed steel beams must consider lateral-torsional buckling due to the low torsional stiffness associated with open cross-sections. The American Iron and Steel Institute incorporated design equations for the critical elastic lateral-torsional buckling stress in the North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Members. These equations are based on elastic theory for singly-symmetric and doubly-symmetric sections. However, the equation for point-symmetric sections is only a rough approximation. Furthermore, there are no provisions for lateral-torsional buckling of non-symmetric sections, or sections oriented to non-principal axes. This paper investigates and develops a general formulation of the lateral-torsional buckling equation to broadly cover all cold-formed steel cross-sections.