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In a message dated 1/11/06 4:53:01 PM Pacific Standard Time, T.W.Allen(--nospam--at) writes:

Carlo –


Let me answer your question with a question:


How do you construct a column interaction curve?


T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E.


Consulting Structural Engineers

It is not the column design issue, what i was alluding to:

"...but I seem to recall a section of the code where it was very clear
that, if Pu<0.10f'cAg, then the section can be considered a beam and not
a column. Unfortunately, I can no longer find that specific section in
the code.

It is the code prescriptive (for better word) design requirements and limitations. There is not a clearly defined design approach in the ACI code for lightly loaded columns (or am i missing it). Try to convence the plan checker when you are in gray area and he keeps telling you to Justify your design.
Carlo Diaz