Brief illustration of post 9A.-tension members

9A- Practice problem-transverse weld of a WT section

Practice problem-transverse weld of a WT section.

This is a Practice problem for the Transverse weld of a WT section., this is case 3 for the shear lag factor table D3.1.
A given WT5x15 section Of A922 steel with transverse weld to its flange as shown in Figure P3-32 is required to find The LRFD and ASD values neglecting the block shear.

Practice problem for Transverse weld of a WT section
Practice problem for Transverse weld of a WT section

Estimate the minimum value of shear lag factor U.

1-From the given Data for the ASTMA992, we can get the yield stress Fy=50 ksi and the ultimate stress Fult as equal to 65 ksi.

2- From the given section of WT5x15, we can find the following data. The first item is the area of the given section, the area will be equal to 4.42 inch2. The breadth of the flange is bf=5.81 inches, and the width of the flange equals 0.51 inches.
.As for the overall depth, it will be equal to 5.24 inches and the width of the stem is 0.30 inches.

3- The minimum value of the shear lag factor U can be estimated as the ratio of the connected area by the transverse weld over the total area of the Wt section.

4- The connected area is equal to the width of the flange by its thickness, which is the product of 5.81*0.51=2.9631 inch2.

5- The U value equals the connected area over the area of the section or equal to 2.9631/4.42)=0.67.

What is the minimum shear lag factor value?
What is the minimum shear lag factor value?

The estimation of the effective area.

The U value explained for Case -3 as All tension members where the tension load is transmitted only by transverse welds to some but not all of the cross-sectional elements.

This is exactly the case that we are dealing with since only the flange is connected not all the Wt section, and the connection is done through a transverse weld only.

6-To get the effective area to multiply the value of U which is equal to one by the connected area which is equal to 2.963 inch2.

The estimation of the Nominal strength for Practice problem-transverse weld of a WT section.

We have two cases for the nominal strength, the first case is the case of tensile yielding for which we consider the area as the full area and the tensile strength is equal to yield stress multiplied by the area and can be found as (4.42*50)=221 kips.

While the second case for tensile strength is the case of rupture strength in which the value is found to be equal to the effective area multiplied by the ultimate stress. and can be found as (2.963*65)=192.6 kips.

LRFD strength for Practice problem-transverse weld of a WT section.

Multiply the first value of the strength due to yield by the reduction value of PHi equal to 0 .90, we can get the LRFD strength due to yielding as equals 199 kips.

Multiply the second value of the strength due to rupture by the reduction value of PHi equal to 0 .75, we can get the LRFD strength due to rupture as equals 144 kips.

We will select the lesser value as our final LRFD strength which equals 144 kips, this is an indication that the LRFD strength is governed by rupture.

LRFD value for the Practice problem for Transverse weld of WT section
LRFD value for the Practice problem for Transverse weld of WT section

ASD strength for Practice problem-transverse weld of a WT section.

Multiply the first value of the strength due to yield by the reduction value (1/omega) equal to (1/1.67), we can get the ASD strength due to yielding as equals 132.33 kips.

Multiply the second value of the strength due to rupture by the reduction value of (1/omega) equal to (1/2), and we can get the ASD strength due to rupture as equals 96.30 kips.

We will select the lesser value as our final ASD strength which equals 96.30 kips, this is an indication that the ASD strength is governed by rupture.

ASD  value for the Practice problem for Transverse weld of WT section
ASD value for the Practice problem for Transverse weld of WT section

The next post is post #10, about the Introduction to block shear.


Chapter 3 – Tension Members– A Beginner’s Guide to Structural Engineering is a great external resource.

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