The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 67 (1989) > Issues > Issue 23 > Buckling of Beams Supported on Seats
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Buckling of Beams Supported on Seats

The stability of a beam may be seriously reduced when the beam is supported on seat supports that prevent only the tension flange from deflecting laterally. The buckling mode will then be distortional, with local web distortions at the supports increasing the lateral deflections during buckling. An elastic finite element analysis of distortional buckling is verified in the paper against experimental results for partial end restraint. The elastic analysis is then used to evaluate the critical load of a beam on a seat support under moment gradient. An inelastic extrapolation of the distortional buckling analysis is compared with test results on hot-rolled beams and is then used to study the relationship between the slenderness and inelastic buckling strength of a beam with a seat support. M.A. Bradford