Loads – Introduction

Loads, and what the steel detailer should know Some may argue that and understanding of loads and how they affect a steel structure is the realm of the engineer and designer, which is absolutely true – but it’s an advantage to any structural steel detailer to have at least a basic understanding of what it …

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Wind Loads

Wind loads are essentially horizontal in nature and are exerted by wind pressure acting upon the external surfaces of the structure, and like a sailboat, the greater the surface area presented to the wind, the greater the force. Wind pressure is directly related to wind velocity. At ground level, the wind velocity is virtually zero …

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Gravity Loads

Gravity Loads Gravity Loads or Static Loads are essentially what you would imagine, stationary loads imposed by gravity, which can be divided into 2 sub-categories which include Dead and Superimposed Loads: Dead Loads: include the self-weight of the structure including all items that are permanently connected to, and forming part of the structure, including, walls, …

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Vibration

Vibration, Resonance and Fatigue Steel, being flexible, is an excellent conductor of vibration. Dynamic activity in one part of a structure can be transmitted through the structure itself by means of the horizontal and vertical components to any other adjacent part. Even dynamic activity outside of the structure such as road or rail traffic can …

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