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Overview of Direct Analysis Method of Design for Stability

By: Ryan Brotherson Needham Consulting Engineers 913-385-5300

Presentation Overview
Changes & requirements of AISC 360 specification Overview of current methods & limitations Overview of Direct analysis method Discussion on NCE software

What is Direct Analysis?

It is a stability design method that that addresses the five factors that affect stability through the addition of notional loads and softening of the structure which introduces P-Delta effects.

AISC 360 Re-arrangement

2005 2010

Chapter C
Effective Length Method (K factors) First Order analysis

Chapter C
Direct Analysis Method

Appendix 7
Effective Length Method (K factors) First Order Analysis

Appendix 7
Direct Analysis Method

Reference to Stability Requirements

AISC 360-10 Chapter C

Section C1 - GENERAL STABILITY REQUIREMENTS Stability shall be provided for the structure as a whole and for each of its elements. The effects of all of the following on the stability of the structure and its elements shall be considered: (1) flexural, shear and axial member deformations, and all other deformations that contribute to displacements of the structure; (2) second-order effects (both P- and P- effects); (3) geometric imperfections; (4) stiffness reductions due to inelasticity; and (5) uncertainty in stiffness and strength. All loaddependent effects shall be calculated at a level of loading corresponding to LRFD load combinations or 1.6 times ASD load combinations. Any rational method of design for stability that considers all of the listed effects is permitted; this includes the methods identified in Sections C1.1 and C1.2. C1.1 - Direct Analysis Method of Design
The direct analysis method of design, which consists of the calculation of required strengths in accordance with Section C2 and the calculation of available strengths in accordance with Section C3, is permitted for all structures.

C1.2 -Alternative Methods of Design

The effective length method and the first-order analysis method, defined in Appendix 7, are permitted as alternatives to the direct analysis method for structures that satisfy the constraints specified in that appendix.

2nd Order effects

P- effect. Effect of loads acting on the deflected shape of a member between joints or nodes. P- effect. Effect of loads acting on the displaced location of joints or nodes in a structure. In tiered building structures, this is the effect of loads acting on the laterally displaced location of floors and roofs.

Other issues
Geometric imperfections Beam sweep, camber, out of plumb, etc. Code of standard practice allows H/500 for column out of plumb Residual stresses Uneven cooling of hot rolled shapes Uncertainty in strength and stiffness Variability in material properties

Strength vs. Resistance

Effective Length Method

Commonly called the K factor method Most common method used at this time Introduced in 1963 (to some resistance) The K factor is a modification factor applied to the length of columns with defined restraint conditions It was used to account for 2nd order effects, geometric imperfections, stiffness reductions, and uncertainties.

Effective Length Method

Limitations of the method include: It cannot be used for stability sensitive structures where the ratio of 2nd order to 1st order effects is greater that 1.5. Requires determination of K factors for every column situation The use of arbitrary lengths that are not based on the real world is not direct or intuitive. K factor is technically load dependent

Direct Analysis method

Easy to understand & versatile The method does not have the limitations all issues affecting global stability are accounted for in the method. Eliminates the need to consider effective length factors. AISC commentary recommends that ratio of 2nd order to 1st order effects not exceed 2.5 to limit a runaway instability.

Direct Analysis Method

Procedure is as follows: 1. Perform analysis at strength level 2. Apply notional loads at each floor level 3. Modify stiffness of all members contributing to lateral stability of structure 4. Perform 2nd order analysis for all load combinations to determine required strengths 5. Determine available strengths of all members based on Chapters D through K 6. Verify available strength is greater than required strength

Chapter C Direct Analysis Method

Required strengths are determined by analysis by section C2.1 Analysis shall include initial imperfections per C2.2 Analysis shall consider adjustments to stiffness per C2.3

Required Strengths
Analysis shall consider all deformations including connections that contribute to the displacement of the structure. Analysis shall be performed at strength level (1.0*LRFD or 1.6*ASD loadings) Analysis shall include both P- & P- effects. Permissible to ignore P- under following conditions. Columns are nominally vertical Ratio of 2nd order to 1st order drift < 1.7 One third or less of gravity load supported on frame columns. Use of approximate method provided in Appendix 8 is permitted as an alternative to a rigorous 2nd order analysis

Initial Imperfections
Permissible to account for imperfections by direct modeling of column out of plumbness, etc. More common to account for the imperfections with Notional Loads Notional load is lateral load at each level as follows Ni = 0.002**Yi Alpha = 1.0 at LRFD & 1.6 at ASD Yi is gravity load at level i 0.002 is based on H/500 out of plumbness (AISC COSP) Notional loads are applied to gravity cases only when Ratio of 2nd order to 1st order drift < 1.7

Adjustment to Stiffness
Members shall have a reduced stiffness on all members that contribute to the stability of the structure. The reduction is 0.8 for axial & flexural stiffness & an additional b reduction on the flexural stiffness where b is: 1.0 when Pr/Py 0.5 4(Pr/Py )[1- (Pr/Py)] otherwise May use b = 1.0 if an additional 0.001 notional load is added to all load cases

Adjustment to Stiffness cont

Reduced stiffness (EI* = 0.8bEI and EA* = 0.8EA) is used in the direct analysis method for two reasons.
For frames with slender members, the 0.8 factor results in a system available strength equal to 0.8 times the elastic stability limit. This is roughly equivalent to the margin of safety implied for slender columns by the effective length procedure where from Equation E3-3, Pn = 0.9(0.877Pe) = 0.79Pe. For frames with intermediate or stocky columns, the 0.8b factor reduces the stiffness to account for inelastic softening prior to the members reaching their design strength. The b factor is similar to the inelastic stiffness reduction factor implied in the column curve to account for loss of stiffness under high compression loads (Pr > 0.5Py ), and the 0.8 factor accounts for additional softening under combined axial compression and bending.

Available strength
For direct analysis method available strength is calculated based on Chapters D, E, F, G, H, I, J, & K of the specification Effective length factor = 1.0 in all cases.

Commentary to Chapter C
Rigorous second-order analyses are those that accurately model all significant second-order effects. Somebut not all, and possibly not even mostmodern commercial computer programs are capable of performing a rigorous second-order analysis, although this should be verified by the user for each particular program.

Direct Analysis is available effective STAAD.Pro 2007
See section 5.37.5 of technical reference manual

General Format
PERFORM DIRECT ANALYSIS..(See sec. 5.37.5 and STAAD output)

Use command in place of Perform Analysis or Pdelta Converge Command directs the program to:
Reduce axial & flexural stiffness as required by code Solve static case w/ notional loads

STAAD Notional Load

Direct analysis must use Repeat Load or Reference Load specification Notional loads need to be defined per section 5.31.7 and 5.32.14 of the reference manual STAAD derives a lateral load from an existing vertical load case Example:
Load 1 Dead Load
Joint Load, Member Load, etc.

Load 2 Dead Notional Load

1 X 0.002 [Load case Direction Ratio]

STAAD P-delta
STAAD Default for P-delta will include both P- & P-. Must be used with REPEAT LOAD command Benchmark problem Case 1 from commentary to Chapter C of the Specification (page 16.1-276) results were confirmed. Appears that STAAD meets a Rigorous 2nd order analysis

RAM 2nd Order Analysis

RAM version 14.05 implements the Direct Analysis method using a 2nd Order by Amplified 1st order elastic analysis This is not necessarily considered a rigorous 2nd order analysis Uses the B1 & B2 method per Appendix 8 Allowed by section C.2.1(3)

RAM 2nd Order Analysis

From Section 5.1.3 of RAM manual (online)
Second-Order Analysis - The requirements to perform a second-order analysis is satisfied by performing a first-order analysis and calculating and applying B1 and B2 factors to the design forces as outlined in Section C2.1b of the Specification.It should be also noted that the engineer is provided two options to consider 2nd order (large P-delta) effects: either the engineer use the current P-delta analysis implemented or the engineer chooses B2 factors.

RAM 2nd order Analysis

Notional loads - specified in the Loads Load Cases command in RAM Frame. Reduced Stiffness - An option to use the AISC 360 stiffness reduction is available (Criteria General dialog). The program does not iterate to determine the correct value of b, so the engineer either specifies 1.0 or some other value. Although technically b is distinct for each load combo & member, the program uses the specified value on all members and does not vary stiffness for each load combination

RAM P-Delta
RAM uses two methods to approximate P-Delta effects Both are based on the Geometric Stiffness Method Small, assumed deflections are used to create a Geometric Stiffness matrix This matrix modifies the building stiffness matrix once Accounts for P- only.

RAM P-Delta
Non-iterative P-Delta Method Used for Rigid diaphragms Preliminary P-Delta Analysis Used for Semi-rigid diaphragms

Direct analysis is the preferred stability method of AISC Direct analysis directly accounts for the five issues contributing to stability Direct analysis appears relatively easy to implement in STAAD. RAM Frame uses approximate methods to account for stability