Could you weld some plates to the top and bottom flange to increase the
section properties? It seems that with a beam this long, unbraced
length/flexural-torsional buckling would be a concern.
Conrad Guymon, P.E.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Zaitz" <mzaitz(--nospam--at)hgbd.com>
To: "Structural Engineers Association" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2001 2:21 PM
Subject: W8 Reinforcement
> Hello all;
> I have a W8 x 24 that is intended to carry a 10" water line for fire
> protection. The problem is the beam is spanning 60 feet! After hearing
> this from the contractor I told him there was no chance that the beam
> would work (he called me as the Fire Protection contractor was about to
> start hanging the pipe). What I am trying to do is determine how it can
> be reinforced (not necessarily in place) to support the load. The
> building is a Metal Building and the top flange of the beam will not be
> braced. Any ideas?