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Actually my application "is" an industrial application - the plate will be used at a platform to be used regularly to access equipment.  I don't want the floor plate to feel excessively "bouncy", so I am trying to establish the criteria to use for deflection.  And I will need to justify this criteria to other reviewers.  It is not clear to me whether AISC's "deflection-controlled" table will accomplish this goal. 
I currently plan to use criteria consistent with grating design based on historical practice.  However, this platform is movable, so we want to minimize its weight.  If I can justify less stringent criteria, then I could reduce the weight.
Bill Sherman

From: Scott, William N [mailto:William.N.Scott(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2007 9:46 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Steel floor plate

The deflection limit applies to industrial applications where deflection does not affect serviceability.
Use a lower limit when deemed necessary.

From: William.Sherman(--nospam--at) [mailto:William.Sherman(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2007 7:36 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Steel floor plate

Table 3-18a in the AISC 13th Edition provides tabulated allowable uniform loads for "deflection-controlled applications".  The deflection limitation used is L/100.  For a 4-ft span, the maximum deflection would be about 1/2-inch - this seems rather "bouncy" to me.  Grating tables typically recommend a limit of 1/4-inch deflection under 100 psf live load for comfort - but a 3/8-inch plate at a 4-ft span designed per AISC would have about twice that deflection.  
What is the basis for the L/100 allowable deflection?  Does this limit provide adequate stiffness for "comfort"?