The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 54 (1976) > Issues > Issue 6 > A Simple Understanding of Electrical Critical Loads
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A Simple Understanding of Electrical Critical Loads

The paper comments on the importance of the elastic critical load as a factor in structural design and deprecates unnecessary mathematical complexity. It looks forward to the end of incorrect and misleading statements which had their origin when the subject was not properly understood. The paper re-derives, in a simple way, a recent approximation for multi-storey frames, draws attention to an easy solution for some problems concerned with initial eccentricity, and discusses an alternative long- established approximation which may perhaps still be best for multi-storey frames. Correction vol 54, no 8, Aug 1976, p316 A. Bolton