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RE: Cantilevered Steel Beam Construction

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AISC has a publication entitled "Cantilever Roof Framing Using Rolled Steel
Beams."  The publication makes comparisons between cantilever framing with
hot rolled sections and simple span framing using Joist Girders.  Please be
aware that web stiffeners are not always required from a strength (web
crippling) stand point.  Most engineers use them to provide stability to the
column.  However, if you are using tie joists at all column locations, with
the bottom chord extended and attached to the column, I would feel
relatively comfortable not using web stiffeners unless needed for strength.
Your call.  As for the cost of web stiffeners, contact your local steel fab

Brian K. Smith, P.E.
Bossier City, Louisiana
> Does anyone know of any studies or information on the cost differences
> between cantilevered steel beam roof construction and typical
> beam-to-column
> simple span construction?  I am wondering if by the time stiffeners are
> placed
> over the columns and any intermediate bracing of the bottom flange offsets
> the savings in pure beam weight in the cantilevered option?  Is
> constructability an issue?
> I personally prefer a simple steel beam spanning from column to
> column with
> a simple framing connection, but I want to be open to use the
> cantilevers if
> it is the best option for the owner/client/contractor.
> Any comments would be greatly appreciated!
> Thanks,
> Blake Haley, P.E.
> White Engineering Associates, Inc.