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RE: unbraced comp flange

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A curios situation: Can you have a WF beam with a completely unbraced
compression flange? A WF sits on top of a column at each end and has plate
supported on the bottom flange and loads hung off the bottom of the beam.
nothing attaches to the top. Is this even allowed? The only way lateral
buckling is resisted is by bending of the web as the bot. flng is held in
place by the ceiling plate. Is that ok?
matt jordan