wood nailers suggested by Ken are a good way to facilitate the marriage of the
steel beam with the wood framing. I've also welded Simpson column caps
to steel beams to adapt them to wood columns. Allow for cross grain
shrinkage of the wood just like you would with other Simpson
-----Original Message----- From: Nels Roselund
[mailto:njineer(--nospam--at)att.net] Sent: Monday, January 17, 2005 10:12
AM To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org Subject: RE: steel beams bearing
on wood columns
request seems reasonable to me.
In a wood-framed
residence in which a wood beam would have been too large to fit into the
architectural envelope, I've used a steel beam with a wood nailer bolted to
each flange so that the beam could be set into structure and connected pretty
much like a piece of lumber. To add steel columns into the wood framing
would have complicated the construction, and may have required bringing
another trade [steelworkers] onto the project.
I have a client
(architect) who would like me to bear my steel beams on built-up wood
columns (several 2x6's). I can't say that I have ever seen this done
and wondered whether there are any code reasons not to as long as I can make
all of the stress conditions work and they tell me that wood is not an issue
as far as fire is concerned. Thanks in advance for your
Kenneth S. Peoples, P.
E. LVTA Lehigh Valley Technical Associates, Inc. 1584 Weaversville
Road Northampton, PA18067
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