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Re: Allowable Stress

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The "right" code, Mr. Valley? So then ASD must be the "wrong" code? This clearly spotlights the dangers of a two code system, where one code is allowed to be used, but is not updated or made more complete as deficiencies and errors are found. What's the standard of care in a situation like this? Use one code for some problems, and a different code for others, all within the same structure? Is it reasonable that code overlaps makes design more difficult to check, and more error prone? Certainly it wouldn't be ethical to design every member in a building by whichever code produces a more favorable result. How does a common engineer solve that conundrum? Now I need a legal degree, too?

From: "Michael Valley" <mtv(--nospam--at)>
Reply-To: seaint(--nospam--at)
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Allowable Stress
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 10:33:37 -0700

Code-based design of such members is easy if you use the right code.
Section F1 of the LRFD Steel Manual indicates applicability to a
much wider range of problems and includes specific direction for
solid rectangular bars.

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