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Yes and yes.
The location of the load application can influence the nominal capacity of
the member. The difference can be non-trivial. Standards assume loads to be
applied at the shear centre of the section. Refer to SSRC Guide to Stability
of Steel Structures (? check name).

Paul Ransom, P.Eng.
ph 905 639-9628
fax 905 639-3866

> From: David Topete <d.topete73(--nospam--at)>

> I don't believe the point of load application matters as much as the
> stresses in the beam.  if you sit a post on a beam or hang a load from the

> On Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 5:57 AM, Gary L. Hodgson and Assoc. <
> design(--nospam--at)> wrote:
>> If the load is applied to the bottom flange only, the beam is unlikely to
>> buckle sideways.  However as the building code (here in Canada) does not
>> differentiate between points of load application, I would be obliged to

>> Gary
>> G Vishwanath wrote:

>> Threre is no horizontal brace to restrict the unsupported length of the
>> compression flange.I  I later got the opportunity to do the calcs.

>> Vish

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