A Comparative study on direct analysis method and effective length method in one-story semi-rigid frames

Demirtaş, Afşin Emrah
For steel structures, stability is a very important concept since many steel structures are governed by stability limit states. Therefore, stability of a structure should be assessed carefully considering all parameters that affect the stability of the structure. The most important of these parameters can be listed as geometric imperfections, member inelasticity and connection rigidity. Geometric imperfections and member inelasticity are taken into account with the stability method used in the design. At this point, the stability methods gain importance. The Direct Analysis Method, the default stability method in 2010 AISC Specification, is a new, more transparent and more straightforward method, which captures the real structure behavior better than Effective Length Method. In this thesis, a study has been conducted on the semi-rigid steel frames to compare Direct Analysis Method and Effective Length Method and to investigate the effect of flexible connections to stability. Four frames are designed for different connection rigidities with stability methods existing in the 2010 AISC Specification: Direct Analysis Method and Effective Length Method. At the end,conclusions are drawn about the comparison of these two stability methods and the effect of semi-rigid connections to stability.


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Citation Formats
A. E. Demirtaş, “A Comparative study on direct analysis method and effective length method in one-story semi-rigid frames,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2012.