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Check the weight; then use the tube.  Presuming there are no loads other than
gravity, the W-section isn't even close, economically.  Additionally, single
plate connections can be achieved on all four sides w/o coping of the beams.

Watch for eccentric loading of the column due to uneven beams reactions on
opposite sides.

-Keith Fix, PE

--- Chris Towne <ctowne(--nospam--at)> wrote:
> I have a situation where I can use either a tube column (TS 4X4X1/4) or a
> W8X24 for a column.  A W12X19 frames into opposite sides of the column.  Is
> there any preference to use either the tube or the W shape for the column? 
> If I use the W shape, is it better to have the beams connected to the flanges
> or the web?  It's not very often that I have these options.
> Chris Towne, P.E.
> Chapman Technical Group
> 200 Sixth Avenue
> St. Albans, WV 25177
> Phone 304-727-5501
> Fax 304-727-5580

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