Numerical investigation of the design of single-span steel portal frames using the effective length and direct analysis methods

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Steel Construction, 2018, 11 (3), pp. 184 - 191
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© 2018 Ernst & Sohn Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin The era of globalization enables the design, fabrication and erection of steel structures to take place in different locations far away from each other. Therefore, a widely acceptable steel design standard is required, and designers should be familiar with alternative specifications that may be considerably different from one another. This study deals with single-span unbraced steel portal frames and makes a comparison between the design methodologies adopted by the Australian and American design provisions, in particular, the effective length method (ELM) and direct analysis method (DAM). A brief discussion on the main features of both standards is also presented. Furthermore, the results of the parametric study are portrayed, highlighting the differences between these two design standards regarding stress interaction. Finally, of the two aforementioned methods, the most applicable optimization method for the design and development of cost-effective industrial portal frame buildings is proposed with respect to the structure geometry.
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