The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 80 (2002) > Issues > Issue 6 > Design of non-sway composite frames
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Design of non-sway composite frames

Findings from a number of recent research investigations into the interaction between the strength, stiffness and rotation capacity of composite beam-to-column joints and the overall performance of non-sway composite frames are collected together. The main design implications are extracted and combined into a complete procedure for the design of the frame using the principles of semi-continuous construction for both the ultimate and the serviceability limit states. A complementary design procedure for the joints is also provided. Explicit formulae to cover each aspect of the step-by-step procedures are given. Illustrative results are presented and suggestions made for the most cost-effective design choices. D. A. Nethercot, FREng, PhD, DSc, CEng, FIStructE, FICE, FCGI, Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine

Author(s): Nethercot, D A

Keywords: frames;composite beams;columns;joints;strength;stiffness;limit states design;equations;calculations;costs