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Guide to Stability Design Criteria for Metal Structures
Sixth edition
edited by Ronald D. Ziemian

Guide to Stability Design Criteria for Metal Structures is described as an invaluable reference for practicing structural engineers and researchers. For generations of engineers and architects, the Guide has served as the definitive work on designing steel and aluminum structures for stability. Under the editorship of Ronald Ziemian and written by SSRC task group members who are leading experts in structural stability theory and research, this Sixth Edition brings this foundational work in line with current practice and research


Chapter 1: Introduction

  • From the Metal Column to the Structural System
  • Scope and Summary of the Guide
  • Mechanical Properties of Structural Metals
  • Definitions
  • Postbuckling Behavior
  • Credits for the Chapters in the Sixth Edition of the SSRC Guide

Chapter 2: Stability Theory

  • Bifurcation Buckling
  • Limit-Load Buckling

Chapter 3: Centrally Loaded Columns

  • Column Strength
  • Influence of Imperfections
  • Influence of End Restraint
  • Strength Criteria for Steel Columns
  • Aluminum Columns
  • Stainless Steel Columns
  • Tapered Columns
  • Built-Up Columns
  • Stepped Columns
  • Guyed Towers

Chapter 4: Plates

  • Elastic Local Buckling of Flat Plates
  • Inelastic Buckling, Postbuckling, and Strength of Flat Plates
  • Buckling, Postbuckling, and Strength of Stiffened Plates
  • Buckling of Orthotropic Plates
  • Interaction between Plate Elements

Chapter 5: Beams

  • Elastic Lateral–Torsional Buckling, Prismatic I-Section Members
  • Fundamental Comparison of Design Standards, Prismatic I-Section Members
  • Stepped, Variable Web Depth and Other Nonprismatic I-Section Members
  • Continuous-Span Composite I-Section Members
  • Beams with Other Cross-Sectional Types
  • Design for Inelastic Deformation Capacity

Chapter 6: Plate Girders

  • Preliminary Sizing
  • Web Buckling as a Basis for Design
  • Shear Strength of Plate Girders
  • Girders with No Intermediate Stiffeners
  • Steel Plate Shear Walls
  • Bending Strength of Plate Girders
  • Combined Bending and Shear
  • Plate Girders with Longitudinal Stiffeners
  • End Panels
  • Design of Stiffeners
  • Panels under Edge Loading
  • Fatigue
  • Design Principles and Philosophies
  • Girders with Corrugated Webs
  • Research Needs

Chapter 7: Box Girders

  • Bases of Design
  • Buckling of Wide Flanges
  • Bending Strength of Box Girders
  • Nominal Shear Strength of Box Girders
  • Strength of Box Girders under Combined Bending, Compression, and Shear
  • Influence of Torsion on Strength of Box Girders
  • Diaphragms
  • Top-Flange Lateral Bracing of Quasi-Closed Sections
  • Research Needs

Chapter 8: Beam-Columns

  • Strength of Beam-Columns
  • Uniaxial Bending: In-Plane Strength
  • Uniaxial Bending: Lateral–Torsional Buckling
  • Equivalent Uniform Moment Factor
  • Biaxial Bending
  • Special Topics

Chapter 9: Horizontally Curved Steel Girders

  • Historical Review
  • Fabrication and Construction
  • Analysis Methods
  • Stability of Curved I-Girders
  • Stability of Curved Box Girders

Chapter 10: Composite Columns and Structural Systems

  • U.S.–Japan Research Program
  • Cross-Sectional Strength of Composite Sections
  • Other Considerations for Cross-Sectional Strength
  • Length Effects
  • Force Transfer between Concrete and Steel
  • Design Approaches
  • Structural Systems and Connections for Composite and Hybrid Structures

Chapter 11: Stability of Angle Members

  • Review of Experimental and Analytical Research.
  • Single-Angle Compression Members.
  • Current Industry Practice for Hot-Rolled Single-Angle Members in the United States.
  • Design Criteria for Hot-Rolled Angle Columns in Europe, Australia, and Japan.
  • Design of Axially Loaded Cold-Formed Single Angles.
  • Concluding Remarks on the Compressive Strength of Eccentrically Loaded Single-Angle Members.
  • Multiple Angles in Compression.
  • Angles in Flexure

Chapter 12: Bracing

  • Background.
  • Safety Factors, φ Factors, and Definitions
  • Relative Braces for Columns or Frames
  • Discrete Bracing Systems for Columns
  • Continuous Column Bracing
  • Lean-on Systems
  • Columns Braced on One Flange
  • Beam Buckling and Bracing
  • Beam Bracing

Chapter13: Thin Walled Metal Construction

  • Member Stability Modes
  • Effective Width Member Design
  • Direct Strength Member Design
  • Additional Design Considerations
  • Structural Assemblies
  • Stainless Steel Structural Members
  • Aluminum Structural Members
  • Torsional Buckling

Chapter 14: Circular Tubes and Shells

  • Description of Buckling Behavior
  • Unstiffened or Heavy-Ring-Stiffened Cylinders
  • General Instability of Ring-Stiffened Cylinders
  • Stringer- or Ring-and-Stringer-Stiffened Cylinders
  • Effects on Column Buckling
  • Cylinders Subjected to Combined Loadings
  • Strength and Behavior of Damaged and Repaired Tubular Columns

Chapter 15: Members with Elastic Lateral Restraints

  • Buckling of the Compression Chord
  • Effect of Secondary Factors on Buckling Load
  • Top-Chord Stresses due to Bending of Floor Beams and to Initial Chord Eccentricities
  • Design Example
  • Plate Girder with Elastically Braced Compression Flange
  • Guyed Towers

Chapter 16: Frame Stability

  • Methods of Analysis
  • Frame Behavior
  • Frame Stability Assessment Using Second-Order Analysis
  • Overview of Current Code Provisions
  • Structural Integrity and Disproportionate Collapse Resistance
  • Concluding Remarks

Chapter 17: Arches

  • In-Plane Stability of Arches
  • Out-of-Plane Stability of Arches
  • Braced Arches and Requirements for Bracing Systems
  • Ultimate Strength of Steel Arch Bridges

Chapter 18: Doubly Curved Shells and Shell-Like Structures

  • The Basic Problem
  • Finite Element Method
  • Design Codes
  • Design Aids
  • Reticulated Shells
  • Design Trends and Research Needs

Chapter 19: Stability Under Seismic Loading

  • Design for Local and Member Stability
  • Global System Stability (P−Δ Effects)

Chapter 20: Stability Analysis by the Finite Element Method

  • Nonlinear Analysis
  • Linearized Eigenvalue Buckling Analysis


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Guide to Stability Design Criteria for Metal Structures
Sixth edition
edited by Ronald D. Ziemian

2010 • 1078 pages • $174.00 + shipping
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