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Chapter C of Steel Manual

Chapter C of Steel Manual

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I'm currently trying to get a handle on when I need to use the Chapter C analysis procedures, and am finding it tough.  The formulas aren't intuitive, and the whole chapter is a bit confusing...to me at least.  Do we need to use this chapter for all lateral load carrying members (collectors for example) or JUST those frame members carrying load in the plane of the frame?  Is it required that we use the procedures laid out in this chapter, or are there others that would work too?  Does anybody have further reading that might be helpful, or even some example problems that illustrate what the steel manual thinks they've written out so clearly.

RE: Chapter C of Steel Manual

The format of Chapter C makes it difficult to read or understand.  But, once you understand it then it isn't as complicated as it seems.  

I put together a white paper and presentation to explain it to RISA users.  Those items can be downloaded from the following link:

http://www.risatech.com/documents/pdfs/RISADirectAnalysis.zip
 

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