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Re: L in deflection criteria

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Roger Turk wrote: 
 
>..."L" should be the distance between points of inflection.   
>With regard to a cantilever..."L" equal to twice the cantilever length
would  
>be a conservative assumption ...  
 
I do not agree with this.  I think that "L" should simply be the length of
the 
member relative to its support points, i.e. for a cantilever, the length
from 
support point to the free end of the member; or for non-cantilevered
members, 
the length between support points.  The concern is maximum total deflection 
relative to the support point where "zero" relative deflection is assumed - 
why should the type of beam curvature matter? 
 
But that raises another question: what if you have a secondary framing
member 
supported by a primary framing member?  The total deflection relative to 
column supports would be the sum of the member deflections (but I would only 
check each individual span per the code). 
 
>The requirements of the UBC (Table 16-D, 1997 UBC) have, for non-cambered  
>construction, been in error for as many years as I have been an engineer... 
>In essence, the loading for the deflection limitation for L/360 should be
not  
>less than LL+K(DL), where K is the percent of initial DL deflection that  
>represents the creep that would occur after the brittle finish is applied. 
>In non-cambered construction, the loading for the L/240 limitation should
be  
>not less than LL+(1+K)DL. 
 
You raise a good point here - the code formulas do appear to be in error.