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2-Buckling for columns-effective length factors.

Buckling for columns-effective length factors         

What is buckling?

Buckling is identified as a failure limit state, the shape of failure for that column. we recall our equation as Pcr =π^2 EI/(KL)^2, the coefficient k value is given as per the shown table based on the AISC code

What is buckling for columns?

Here are the different shapes, if it is fixed from both sides the actual distance will be from the inflection point to another inflection point.

Brief content Content of the video.

We continue with the column buckling subject, if we have a straight column with P-axial force applied and increased slowly, it will ultimately reach a value that is called Pcr,  which will cause buckling of the column as mentioned earlier, the Pcr is the critical buckling load.

The content of this post is covered from time 0:00 to time 6:05. This is a part of the video, which has a subtitle and closed caption in English.

First, what is the cause of buckling? buckling occurs when a straight column acted upon by compression force it will be converted to another form having a bending moment as shown in figure 1b, earlier it was plumb later to the deformed shape

What is buckling for columns?

Effective Length for columns Quoted from wikiengineer.com

Effective Length (K) Factor Explained:

The K factor approximates the length that a column (steel columnsconcrete columns, aluminum columns, etc. all use the effective length factor) actually buckles. The effective length can be longer, shorter, or exactly the actual length depending on the rigidity of the supports. In practice, if the K factor is below 1.0 then the structure is braced (the structure has a greater ability to deal with any lateral forces) and if the structure is above 1.0 then the structure is unbraced (the structure has a lesser ability to deal with any lateral forces).

AISC code provision for the effective length table.

The AISC code has specified 6 cases for the effective length of columns as shown in the next slide. 
1-Case:1- Column is fixed from both sides. The effective length factor k value =0.50 but the recommended value for K is set to be=0.65.

2-Case:2- Column is hinged from one side and hinged from the other side. The effective length factor k value =0.70 but the recommended value is set to be=0.80.
3-Case:3- Column is fixed from one side and rotation fixed and translation free from the other side. The effective length factor k value =1.0 but the recommended value is set to be=1.20.

4-Case:4- The column is hinged from two sides. The effective length factor k value =1.0 but the recommended value is set to be=1.00.

5-Case:5- Column is fixed from one side and free from the other side. The effective length factor k value =1.0 also the recommended value is set to be=1.00.

6-Case:6- Column is hinged from one side and rotation fixed and translation free from the other side. The effective length factor k value =21.0 also the recommended value is set to be=2.00.

Effective length factor.
Effective length factor- buckling shapes

The difference between local buckling and general buckling.

To differentiate between local and general buckling, the figures in front of us that general  Buckling occurs when a column is under compressive force from both ends is a general  Buckling for the whole column.

General bucking and local buckling.
General bucking and local buckling.

Local buckling, from its name, occurs for a  portion of the column as in the right figure.

The next image shows the k factor is based on the distance between the inflection points.

The definition is important for both the strong and weak axis, For a w section, the moment of inertia about the x-axis is much higher as compared to the inertia in the y-direction. The x-axis is called the strong axis, while the y-axis is called the weak axis the figures on the left express. The distance between the inflection points For the three cases the root of curvature has changed at a point that is why it is called the point of inflection due to inflection the distance becomes smaller as   K*L=0.5 L.

Principal axes for columns

The next image is showing the difference between buckling about the major axis and buckling about the minor axis. 

Strong and weak axes planes.

Imagine that you have a curved bow and an arrow,  if we have to buckle about the major axis then our pointed arrow direction is perpendicular to the major axis in the x-direction, that major axis has a bigger value of inertia, on the contrary.

If we have to buckle about the minor axis, with a smaller value of inertia, then our arrow is pointing to the direction that is perpendicular to the y-direction.

This is the pdf file used in the illustration of this post and the next post.

The next post: Buckling for columns-part 2.
For a good reference from Prof. T. Bart Quimby, P.E., Ph.D., F.ASCE, refer to this link for public concepts.

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