August 31, 2016

Why Do My Wide Flange Members Fail in the AISC 14th Edition Code?

In RISA-3D’s addition of the AISC 14th Edition code we added Section E4 checks to wide flange members. Section E4 is Torsional and Flexural-Torsional Buckling of Members Without Slender Elements and is for compression capacity.

Specific to wide flanges is the Fe equation E4-4. In that equation is a reference to L, which is referring to the torsional unbraced length. In RISA-3D this is defined in the Members spreadsheet – Hot Rolled tab and defaults to the full length of member, similar to other unbraced lengths.


This can cause a reduced compression capacity compared to what is found in Section E3. If you notice a wide flange member that passed in the AISC 13th Edition and is now failing in the AISC 14th Edition, this may be the cause. A quick way to confirm this is to update the L-torque value to 0 and see if you now getting a passing check.

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