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Title: Moment Frame Question
Maybe I would go with stacked portal frames where there is a pin between the second floor column and the first floor column but I would never set the beam on the column. There is no approved connection of which I am aware that would meet the FEMA guidelines. They are very specific. All the acceptable designs have a beam framing into the side of the column.

Mark E. Deardorff, Structural Engineer
Burkett & Wong
San Diego, CA


From: Tarek Mokhtar [mailto:tarooky(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 11:08 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Moment Frame Question

For a two story steel moment frame, a contractor is requesting to have the floor beam frame on top of the
first floor column, and the second floor column frame on top of the beam, as opposed to the column being continuous
and the beams attaching to the side of the column. what do you guys think?

Thanx for your input

Tarek Mokhtar, SE
Laguna Beach, Ca