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26-Solved problem 4-13 to estimate stiffness reduction τb.

Solved problem 4-13 to estimate stiffness reduction τb.

A video for the solved problem 4-13 for estimating τb.

A solved problem 4-13 from Prof. Segui’s book. we are going to estimate the reduction stress factor τb, for a column that is an inelastic column, under the given loads, the example shows how to determine τb, for both the LRFD and ASD.

A full description of the solved example 4-13  for both the LRFD and the ASD calculations, is given in and can be watched through this video, which has a subtitle and closed caption in English.

You can click on any picture to enlarge then press the small arrow at the right to review all the other images as a slide show.

The content of the pdf I used in the illustration.

Content of the lecture.

We will discuss a solved problem 4-13 from Prof.Segui’s book.

In the next slide image, there will be two equations as indicated in the AISC clause 16.1.27. There are two conditions.

The two equations as indicated in the AISC clause 16.1.27.

α*Pr/Pns <=0.50 and α*Pr/Pns>0.50. Pr is the required axial compressive strength either obtained by using LRFD or ASD.

α =1 (LRFD) or α =1.6 (ASD). Pns is the cross-sectional compressive strength=Ag*Fy for non-slender elements.

he expression of the reduction factor τb

Let us review first, a test will be done to check that, α*Pr/Pns <=0.50. there is no reduction, the same points will coincide with each other.
Then τb=1, but α*Pr/Pns>0.50, then the equation can be used.

Two values for α, For LRFD=1, while for the ASD α=1.60.

Our solved problem 4-13, A w10 x54 of ASTMA992 it is subjected to a service load of 100 kips and a service Live load of 200 kips. If the slenderness ratio makes this member, an inelastic column, what is the stiffness reduction, τb? This means that kl/r is <4.71*sqrt(E/fy) for that column which =113 for Fy= 50 ksi. the stiffness reduction τb to be estimated.

The data for the solved problem 4-13

For section W10x64, in our solved problem 4-13. We can get the gross area Ag, which=15.80 inch2 after getting the data from the W section tables. 


What is the information that we have? We cannot estimate τb in LRFD, without the evaluation of Pult, the ultimate column load. 

Check the value of α based on the data given.


If we start with the LRFD calculations then the value of Pult=1.2D+1.60L, which should be >1.4D.

Estimation for the value of the stiffness reduction factor


We have Dl=100 kips and LL=200 kips. Pult=1.20*100+1.60*200, we have 1.2D=1.20*100,1.6 L=1.60*200, Pult=440 kips, α =1, for the LRFD, while α =1.6, for the ASD.

First check that *αPr/Pns <=0.50, we have  α=1, Pr=Pult=440 kips, Ag=15.80 inch2, Pns=Fy*Ag.  Fy=50.0 ksi while Ag=15.80 inch2. Pns=50*15.80, then αPr/Pns=0.566, check this value with if >0.50 then τb<1, which in our case, since we have 0.556 >0.50, then τb <1.0.

How to use table 4-13 for LRFD design?

The equation will be τb= 4(α*Pr/Pns)*(1-(α*Pr/Pns)).This term (αPr/Pns) exists outside and inside the bracket. Recall Pr=Pult=440 kips.

How to use table 4-13?

Pns=Py=50*15.80=790 kips with  α=1, then τb=4((1*440/790)*(1-(440/790))=0.987, if we wish to use the table, then we will need Fult=Pult/AG. Fult=440/15.80.We need the value of the stress which is 440/15.80=27.85 ksi.

The table is table 4-13, the title is stiffness reduction Factor. We have Fult=27.85 ksi, this figure is between 27 and 28 ksi, we use the table, we move horizontally from left to right at 27.0 ksi, we get τb=0.994, while at Fcr=28.0 ksi, we have τb=0.986.
We make interpolation, then τb=0.9872, which is close to that figure obtained from the general equation.

How to estimate τb for ASD Design.

Let us proceed with the ASD, in our solved problem, 4-13. We will evaluate Pt=PD+PL=100+200=300 kips. Py=Fy*Ag=50*15.80=790 kips.

For the ASD design, check the ratio of αPr/Pns>0.50 or not

Perform the first check, which we normally start with, considering  α=1.60, αPr/Pns>0.50 or not, then we have  α=1.60, Pt=330 kips.


Pns=790, then αPr/Pns=1.60*300/790=0.607>0.50, then τb will be < 1.0, we perform our estimation from the equation. τb= 4(α*Pr/Pns)*(1-(αPr/Pns)), Pr=Pt=300 kips, Pns=790 kips, α=1.60.

Estimate the stiffness reduction factor for ASD

We apply this equation, then τb=0.9536.To use the table again we need to have the value Ft=Pt/Ag, Pt / Ag, the Pt= 300 kips/15.80 ft= 18.989 ksi. We have Pe/A=18.98 KSI.

Use table 4-13 to get the stiffness reduction factor

For Fy = 50 ksi. we draw a vertical line from fy=50 ksi at the ASD section between 18 ksi,19 ksi from the left side. We draw another line, at the intersection. We have τb will be between 0.953 and 0.977, and can be estimated as 0.953.

This is a link for the pdf file used in the illustration of this post.

This is the link to the previous post, Stress reduction factor for inelastic columns.
This is the next post is the solved problem, 4-14.

This is a link to a useful resource-A Beginner’s Guide to the Steel Construction Manual, 15th ed.

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