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I would agree with your lack of a "warm fuzzy" feeling in this case. As a
designer you can rely on the State Building Code as your base. In many cases
this "legal" code will refer to "technical" codes for the design of a
particular assembly. Light gauge structural steel members are designed to
the AISI code (1996 edition). There are no requirements in this code
referring to the
composite construction. This means that you can not use the code to prove
any calculations that you (or "the person designing the light gauge") will
prepare for a composite construction with light gauge steel beams.

The other option you have is to prove the validity of this design to the
building inspector (and yourself) using experimental data or some research
paper on the subject (there were several studies at the University of
Missouri-Rolla in the 80s for example).
If you need these references, please e-mail me and I will provide them.

The bottom line is, however,  that the light gauge design may prove to be
more economical even without composite design just by using these connectors
as the top flange lateral restraints and thus reducing the effect of
lateral-torsional buckling (and simplifying the calculations for the
capacity of the members).

If you need additional information, please contact me directly.

Garrick Goldenberg, P.E.
ATIR Engineering Software
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Needham, MA 02192
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-----Original Message-----
From: John Cannon Jones <jcjones(--nospam--at)>
To: 'seaoc' <seaoc(--nospam--at)>
Date: Tuesday, May 12, 1998 7:38 PM
Subject: Composite/Light gauge construction

On a design-build project I designed a two-story assisted living facility
using a steel frame and bar joist.
The contractor has come back with a design utilizing all light gauge framing
and says it's much cheaper.  I talked with the person designing the light
gauge and it turns out that they are screwing a clip @16" o.c. to the top
flange of the 10"C  to utilize composite action (he's using a 2" slab).
Have any of yall ever heard of considering light gauge with composite
action.  This method doesn't really give me a "warm fuzzy" feeling.

Any comments welcome.

John Jones
Pell City, AL