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RE: Web Openings in Structural Steel

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If you have a fatigue situation, you obviously need to grind the surface.
However, it shouldn't be necessary for a typical building installation.

In any event, I would be very surprised if this small opening requires
reinforcing.  The opening will have a very small effect on either the shear
or moment capacity of such a deep, heavy section.  If you have any control
over the location of the opening, you can take advantage of the fact that
most of the span has excessive capacity.

-----Original Message-----
From: James F Fulton [mailto:James_F_Fulton(--nospam--at)RohmHaas.Com]
Sent: Monday, June 05, 2000 2:13 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Web Openings in Structural Steel

Are there any special procedures that should be followed when cutting
circular openings in the webs ? I have an existing  W33x130 that will have a
8 inch diameter hole field burned.  The hole will be reinforced with a 3"
long piece of pipe that is to be snug fit in the hole and fillet welded to
the web on both sides. Does the cut surface have to be ground smooth for
example ? I'm using AISC Steel Design Guide #2 for design check.
Thanks for any comments.