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Title: Moment Frame Question
I've done this before with a one story condition and the roof beam continuous over the coumn below. I think it is acceptable as long as you are designing the frame as an OMF and comply with '97 UBC Section 2213.17 which requires the connection to be designed for omega times the seismic forces. It isn't a FEMA connection, but it does meet the current building code here in southern California.
Larry Hauer, S.E.

-----Original Message-----
From: Tarek Mokhtar
Sent: Oct 10, 2006 11:07 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


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