Although steel single angle sections are commonly used as beams to support distributed loads which cause biaxial bending and torsion, their behavior may be extremely complicated, and the accurate prediction of their strengths very difficult. Further, many design codes do not have any design rules for torsion, while some recommendations are unnecessarily conservative, or are of limited application, or fail to consider some effects which are thought to be important. This paper is one of a series on the behavior and design of single angle section steel beams. Two previous papers have studied the biaxial bending behavior of restrained beams, a third has studied the lateral buckling of unrestrained beams, and a fourth the biaxial bending of unrestrained beams. In each paper, simple design methods have been developed. In this present paper, an approximate method of predicting the second-order deflections and twist rotations of steel equal angle beams under major axis bending and torsion is developed. This method is then used to determine the approximate maximum biaxial bending moments in such beams, which are then used with the section moment capacity proposals of the first paper of the series and the lateral buckling proposals of the third paper to approximate the member capacities. This method is extended to steel unequal angle beams in a companion paper.


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  • Accession Number: 00987482
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 17 2005 12:00AM