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Most rolled shapes produced in the US are in conformance to ASTM A6 (General Requirements for Rolled Structural Steel Bars,

Plates, Shapes, and Sheet Piling). So A6  wide flange shapes should be common.




From: Michel Blangy [mailto:mblangy(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2006 7:42 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: storefront wall




How common are ASTM A6/A 6M-01b wide-flange shapes?


Michel Blangy


-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis Wish [mailto:dennis.wish(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2006 5:41 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Cc: akester(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: storefront wall

I recently wrote about the new SidePlate™ product from MiTek™ industries. I have not seen it posted, so I would appreciate if someone would let me know whether my e-mail has reached the list.

With regard to Andrew’s response to Flagpole construction, as long as the SidePlate™ moment frame is used without being combined in the same line with more rigid shear elements and remains the only shear resisting element, the user is not penalized by a lower R value and the frame can be designed with an R value (according to the 97 UBC) ranging from 4.5 to 8 depending on how it is designed whereas the cantilevered columns are to be adjusted for an R of 2.2 per the UBC (and similar in ICC codes).

This gives an advantage to the SidePlate™ design. Mitek™ will design to deflection specificiations which are more in line with masonry than with wood shear walls. It is a stiffer system that I think works well in Masonry design conditions.


Please let me know if you receive this e-mail but do not see it posted on the SEAINT List.






From: Andrew Kester, PE [mailto:akester(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 6:41 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: re: storefront wall


What we have done before on storefronts is use the normal steel framing that you have to provide for the front-to-back spanning joists, and use that for your bracing system. You can use HSS columns or WF cantilevered up (flag pole) to take the lateral load. Usually these are there anyway for the gravity framing and for misc framing for the storefront. Be very careful with deflection. Since we are already have pad footings for gravity and uplift, sometimes it just takes a little redesign and a small increase in the footings to get them to work.


That is if the diaphragm ratio allows too much deflection that is not compatible with the masonry walls. I would not want too much deflection in that deck where the CMU is attached...


Andrew Kester, PE
Principal/Project Manager
ADK Structural Engineering, PLLC
Lake Mary, FL