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Julius Blum & Co. manufactures components for railing systems.  They 
include a section on railing design in their catalog.  They include a graph 
to show what percentage of applied load can be assumed to be carried by 
adjacent posts under different circumstances.  A summary statement in the 
literature that gives you an idea of how the chart can help is as follows: 
"When posts and rails are of identical material and section and post 
spacing is between 3 and 6 feet while post height is between 30 and 42 
inches, load distribution is fairly uniform.  In this situation, the 
greatest proportion of a concentrated load carried by any post can be 
estimated as follows:
End posts:
     2 span railing		Pf = 0.85
     3 or more span railing	Pf = 0.82
Intermediate posts:
     2 span railing		Pf = 0.65
     3 or more span railing	Pf = 0.60
They also talk about reinforcing pipe internally.

Incidentally, even though a lot of people believe that 1 1/4" pipe is the 
largest you can use to meet the ADAAG maximum pipe diameter of 1 1/2", that 
is not true.  The Department of Justice issued a rare written determination 
that the 1 1/2" was a nominal number and that 1 1/2" pipe with an actual 
outside diameter of 1.9" satisfied ADAAG requirements.

Roger C. Davis
SDS Architects, Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From:	Rand Holtham, Sigma Engineers [SMTP:rand(--nospam--at)]
Sent:	Monday, March 03, 2003 5:21 PM
To:	seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject:	Steel Pan Stairs

 << File: ATT00003.htm >> Does anyone have any insight on steel pan stair 
design. I have trouble with an analytical design for such a structure. For 
instance an 1 1/4" diameter post supporting a handrail/guardrail with the 
prescribed load of 100plf vert. and 50plf lateral at 36" centers can have a 
cantilevered load of somewhere between 150lbs to 260lbs at a height of 42" 
(at the landing). This will cause a load well in excess of the strength of 
the pipe. Then there's the question of how you resolve the weak axis 
bending in the stringer. It seems to me that from most stair systems I've 
seen that there more empirically designed than analytically design.

Any input would greatly be appreciated.

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