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Designing with Vulcraft – Steel Joists, Joist Girders and Steel Deck by James M. Fisher, Michael A. West and Julius P. Van De Pas by Nucor Corporation.  I have the 2nd edition (2002) and will answer your questions.


Gary W. Loomis, P.E., Senior Structural Engineering

Master Engineers and Designers, Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From: Alden Manipula [mailto:amanipula(--nospam--at)]
: Friday, September 21, 2007 9:46 AM
To: engcanamUSA(--nospam--at)
Subject: strengthening steel joists for shear




I'm looking for some guidance on strengthening existing steel floor joists for shear and have a few questions.


For a wide flange beam, we'd typically add some shear stiffeners or gussets.  Is the same approach applicable for an open web steel joist?  Can i just add some angles to the web?


How about reinforcing at the bearing ends, can i just add a piece of hss 2.5 x 2.5 to either side of the joist seat?


I appreciate any comments you may have.