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20-Solved problem 4-16 for k factor for a portal frame.

Solved problem 4-16 for k value a portal frame.

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Solved problem-16 from prof. Alan Williams’s book, how to determine the effective k value for a portal frame with different end conditions, this example is considered as an application for the- m value for different conditions for unbraced frames, and as a practice to use the Nomograph for the unbraced frame, the video has a subtitle and closed caption in English.

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Our solved example  4-16, from Prof. Alan Williams’s book, structural engineering reference manual.
It is required to get the effective length factors for two columns, please refer to the next image, two columns are columns NOS 12 and 34.
The sway inhibited frame means Unbraced frame, Unstiffened frame, sway frame shown consists of members with identical I/L values.

It is required to determine the effective length factor for two columns which a, he has not included any values for the length of girders or height of columns, we can consider that h and L are the same.

First, we notice that the joint at 1 has hinged support, that was the first remark, the joint at 3, which we consider as far end for girder 23, has no presence of either hinged or fixed joints, this is the normal condition which means we have m=1.

We start to evaluate G values from Nomograph, starting by joint 2 for column 12.

Solved problem 4-16 is required to determine the effective length factors for two columns of a frame.

We have only one column, there is no added column at joint 2, then ∑EI/L for columns/∑EI/L for girders, ∑EI/L for girders, *(m).

Our L=h,  our condition for column 12, G2=∑EI/L/∑EI/L, then G2=1, joint 2 has only one girder, 23.

We get G at 2 =EI/L/(EI/L)G at 2 =1,  while for joint 1 we have G=10 since it has hinged support. we use the Nomograph.

If we consider12 then 1 will be the G top, we consider as column 21, to get the k value for that column, I considered joint 2 as the top for which G=1, and the bottom joint 1, G=10, draw the line in the Nomograph for the unbraced frame.

Starting from G=1 on the left side ending with G= 10 on the right side, the intersection with the middle line gives the value of k which is 1.90, please refer to the next image for an illustration.


If we consider joint 1 with G=10 as a top point, and joint 2 as the bottom, k will be the same value. K=1.0.

Solved problem 4-16 -How to determine the effective length factor from the alignment graph for column 12

We have completed column 12, for column 34, at joint 3, we have two girders,32-35, the girder 35 is ended with hinged support, this is the case no.2, where m=1/2.

Let us proceed at joint 3, we have only one column, then G3=∑EI/L for one column- 34 / ∑m*EI/L for two girders, ∑m*EI/L for two girders, which=m1*EI/L for girder 32 +m2*EI/L for girder 35 m for member 32=1, m1=1, no external support attached to that joint, while for girder 35 m2=1/2, since at the far end, there is a hinge the for denominator=3/2*EI/L, G3 =1/1.5=2/3.

For the k value for column 3-4, one side G=1, and for the other side G=2/3, joining the two points on the Nomograph for the unbraced frame we get the K for column 3-4= 1.27, for more details please refer to the next image. For support 4, which is fixed, the code in the commentary lets G=1.

K value for column 34

We proceed to the nomograph G3 =0.67 as left point and the lower point as G=1, the intersection will give k=1.27, that was for member 34. 

Next time, we will take about the french equation and how can we use it to get the approximate k value, not the exact value.

Solved problem 4-16 -detailed estimation by the author.

The solution of Prof. Alan Williams’s book has been included for review, the next subject will be the french equation for the unbraced frame.

This is the pdf file used in the illustration of this post.
A very useful external link is Concentrically Loaded Compression Members.

This is the next post, Solved Problem 4-16 By Using French Equation.

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