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Composite Beam Design Example Using ASDIP STEEL

By: Javier Encinas, PE | Aug 22, 2018 ASDIP STEEL is a structural engineering software for the design of structural steel members. It includes the design of composite beams based on the AISC provisions. This document is a step-by-step design example of a composite beam using ASDIP STEEL. As an example, consider the beam shown below, which is part of a storage building. The first level is a parking space, therefore the second floor will have a series of transfer beams to support the columns of the storage levels above, which typically are in a 10'x10' grid. Design the transfer [...]

How to Design Steel and Composite Beams Using ASDIP STEEL

By: Javier Encinas, PE | May 31, 2017 ASDIP STEEL is a structural engineering software for design of steel members. ASDIP STEEL software includes the design of steel and composite beams based on the AISC 360 provisions. Following is an overview of the required steps to design steel and composite beams using ASDIP STEEL. Click To Enlarge This structural engineering software has a built-in database of the AISC steel sections. Enter the span dimensions and properties in the Steel Beam tab. Specify the location of the lateral bracing points. Specify whether the supports [...]

Steel / Composite Beams: Optimizing the Design with ASDIP STEEL

By: Javier Encinas, PE | March 27, 2017 Beams are structural elements that support loads applied transversely, which produce a combination of shear and bending stresses. The structural design of steel beams includes the check of multiple limit states for both shear and bending. For composite beams, it’s important to consider the loads that will be applied before and after the composite action takes place. In the pre-composite stage, the flexural behavior of a steel beam is a function of the unbraced length Lb for the limit state of lateral-torsional buckling. In a composite beam, shear connectors are usually provided to transfer [...]

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Structural Steel Design: ASDIP STEEL (Version 4) Release

By: Javier Encinas, PE | January 31, 2017 ASDIP Structural Software announces the release of the new version of ASDIP STEEL (Version 4) engineering software. Design professionals utilize ASDIP STEEL software for the design of steel members and connections. Following are some of the most important features included in this version 4. What modules are included in ASDIP STEEL 4? This new version includes the following 4 modules: Base plate / Anchorage - Design of column base plates, anchor rods, and shear lugs. Now it includes ACI / AISC Seismic Provisions. Steel column - Design of biaxial sway or [...]

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Shear Connections: Overview of the Design Process

By: Javier Encinas, PE | January 24, 2017 Shear connections are typically used to connect beams to other beams or columns. Such connections transfer shear, with minimum rotational restraint, as opposed to moment connections. This article is an overview of the AISC provisions for the design of shear connections. Our software ASDIP STEEL will be used to support the discussion. What are the components of a shear connection? A typical shear connection is composed of three parts: support, connector, and beam. The support may be another beam or girder, a column flange, or a column web. The connector may [...]

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Steel and Composite Beams: A Design Overview

By: Javier Encinas, PE | June 20, 2016 ASDIP STEEL includes the design of steel and composite beams. This structural engineering software is based on the latest AISC 360 provisions. This article provides an engineering background overview of the structural design of steel and composite beams. Beams are structural elements that support loads applied transversely, which produce a combination of shear and bending stresses. Composite action is developed when two load-carrying structural elements, such as a concrete floor slab and its supporting steel beams, are integrally connected and deflect as a single unit, substantially increasing its strength and stiffness. A [...]

ASDIP Project Manager – The Core of the Software

By: Javier Encinas, PE | March 28, 2016 ASDIP is structural engineering software for member design. When ASDIP opens, a window pops up showing a menu bar and icons at the top, some buttons at the left, a tree at the right, and more buttons below the tree. This is the ASDIP Project Manager, as shown in the picture below. This blog post covers the purpose and capabilities of this part of ASDIP software. What is the purpose of the Project Manager? In ASDIP software all project information, including calculations, settings, preferences, etc, is stored in a [...]

ASDIP STEEL: Base Plate and Anchor Rod Design

By: Javier Encinas, PE | January 30, 2016 ASDIP STEEL includes the design of base plates as well as the anchorage system. This blog post covers the principal design steps. This structural engineering software is based on the AISC Design Guides # 1, Blodgett "Design of Welded Structures", and the ACI 318-11 Appendix D. Base plates are structural elements at the bottom of columns to spread the concentrated load over a larger supporting area, so that the bearing stresses are under the acceptable limits. Depending on the type of frame the column belongs to, the base plate may be subject to compression, [...]

Structural Steel Design: ASDIP STEEL (Version 3) Release

By: Javier Encinas, PE | January 11, 2016 ASDIP Structural Software releases regular updates to ASDIP STEEL (Version 3) structural engineering software. Utilize ASDIP STEEL software for the design of base plates / anchorage, steel columns, and steel / composite beams. Following are some features included in this version 3. Click To Enlarge This structural engineering software offers three levels of design results, such as At-a-glance, Condensed, and Detailed. ASDIP STEEL 3 includes a Detailed tab showing step-by-step calculations organized by topic, with exposed formulas and references to the design Code. [...]