The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 66 (1988) > Issues > Issue 22 > Lateral Stability of Tapered Beam-Columns with Elastic Restraints
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Lateral Stability of Tapered Beam-Columns with Elastic Restraints

A finite element method of analysis for the flexural-torsional buckling of tapered, monosymmetric beam-columns is augmented to include the effects of continuous elastic restraints. The accuracy of the finite element method is demonstrated for uniform members by a comparison with an independent, closed form solution. The application to a beam-column with diaphragm restraints is presented, and a conservative design equation is proposed. M.A. Bradford