Steel Designers Manual PDF Seventh Edition

Steel Designers Manual Seventh Edition pdf

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The Eurocodes are a series of 10 European Standards (EN 1990 – EN 1999) that provide a common approach for the design of buildings, other civil engineering works and construction products. The design standards embodied in these Eurocodes will be used for all European public works and are set to become the de-facto standard for the private sector in Europe, with probable adoption in many other countries.

This classic manual on structural steelwork design was first published in 1955, since when it has sold many tens of thousands of copies worldwide. For the seventh edition of the Steel Designers’ Manual all chapters have been comprehensively reviewed, revised to ensure they reflect current approaches and best practice, and brought in to compliance with EN 1993: Design of Steel Structures (the so-called Eurocode 3).

TABLE OF CONTENTS – Steel Designers Manual PDF

Introduction to the seventh edition xv

Contributors xix


1 Introduction – designing to the Eurocodes 1

1.1 Introduction 1

1.2 Creation of the Eurocodes 2

1.3 Structure of the Eurocodes 2

1.4 Non-contradictory complementary information – NCCI 5

1.5 Implementation in the UK 5

1.6 Benefits of designing to the Eurocodes 6

1.7 Industry support for the introduction of the Eurocodes 7

1.8 Conclusions 8

2 Integrated design for successful steel construction 10

2.1 Client requirements for whole building performance, value and impact 10

2.2 Design for sustainability 19

2.3 Design for overall economy 27

2.4 Conclusions 33 – Steel Designers Manual PDF

References to Chapter 2 34

3 Loading to the Eurocodes 35

3.1 Imposed loads 35

3.2 Imposed loads on roofs 38

3.3 Snow loads 39

3.4 Accidental actions 52

3.5 Combinations of actions 54

References to Chapter 3 60

Worked example 61

Design Synthesis

4 Single-storey buildings 65

4.1 The roles for steel in single-storey buildings 65

4.2 Design for long term performance 66

4.3 Anatomy of structure 70

4.4 Loading 78 – Steel Designers Manual PDF

4.5 Common types of primary frame 80

4.6 Preliminary design of portal frames 90

4.7 Bracing 101

4.8 Design of portal frames to BS EN 1993-1-1 109

References to Chapter 4 127

Worked example 128

5 Multi-storey buildings 134

5.1 Introduction 134

5.2 Costs and construction programme 135

5.3 Understanding the design brief 137

5.4 Structural arrangements to resist sway 140

5.5 Stabilising systems 150

5.6 Columns 154

5.7 Floor systems 157

References to Chapter 5 169

6 Industrial steelwork 171

6.1 Introduction 171 – Steel Designers Manual PDF

6.2 Anatomy of structure 181

6.3 Loading 195

6.4 Thermal effects 201

6.5 Crane girder/lifting beam design 202

6.6 Structure in its wider context 204

References to Chapter 6 205

Further reading for Chapter 6 205

7 Special steel structures 207

7.1 Introduction 207

7.2 Space frame structures: 3-dimensional grids based on regular solids 208

7.3 Lightweight tension steel cable structures 210

7.4 Lightweight compression steel structures 219

7.5 Steel for stadiums 226

7.6 Information and process in the current digital age – the development of technology 228

References to Chapter 7 235

Further reading for Chapter 7 236

8 Light steel structures and modular construction 238

8.1 Introduction 238

8.2 Building applications 242

8.3 Benefits of light steel construction 245

8.4 Light steel building elements 248

8.5 Modular construction 252

8.6 Hybrid construction 257 – Steel Designers Manual PDF

8.7 Structural design issues 260

8.8 Non-structural design issues 264

References to Chapter 8 270

9 Secondary steelwork 271

9.1 Introduction 271

9.2 Issues for consideration 271

9.3 Applications 280

References to Chapter 9 303

Applied Metallurgy

10 Applied metallurgy of steel 305

10.1 Introduction 305

10.2 Chemical composition 306

10.3 Heat treatment 309

10.4 Manufacture and effect on properties 315

10.5 Engineering properties and mechanical tests 319

10.6 Fabrication effects and service performance 321

10.7 Summary 327 – Steel Designers Manual PDF

References to Chapter 10 329

Further reading for Chapter 10 330

11 Failure processes 331

11.1 Fracture 331

11.2 Linear elastic fracture mechanics 335

11.3 Elastic-plastic fracture mechanics 337

11.4 Materials testing for fracture properties 340

11.5 Fracture-safe design 343

11.6 Fatigue 345

11.7 Final comments 356

References to Chapter 11 357

Further reading for Chapter 11 358


12 Analysis 359

12.1 Introduction 359

12.2 The basics 360

12.3 Analysis and design 364

12.4 Analysis by hand 368

12.5 Analysis by software 371

12.6 Analysis of multi-storey buildings 381

12.7 Portal frame buildings 391

12.8 Special structural members 404 – Steel Designers Manual PDF

12.9 Very important issues 425

References to Chapter 12 427

13 Structural vibration 430

13.1 Introduction 430

13.2 Causes of vibration 432

13.3 Perception of vibration 433

13.4 Types of response 436

13.5 Determining the modal properties 437

13.6 Calculating vibration response 443

13.7 Acceptability criteria 449

13.8 Practical considerations 450

13.9 Synchronised crowd activities 452

References to Chapter 13 452

Element Design

14 Local buckling and cross-section classification 454

14.1 Introduction 454

14.2 Cross-sectional dimensions and moment-rotation behaviour 457

14.3 Effect of moment-rotation behaviour on approach to design and analysis 461

14.4 Classification table 462

14.5 Economic factors 462

References to Chapter 14 463

15 Tension members 464

15.1 Introduction 464 – Steel Designers Manual PDF

15.2 Types of tension member 464

15.3 Design for axial tension 465

15.4 Combined bending and tension 468

15.5 Eccentricity of end connections 471

15.6 Other considerations 472

15.7 Cables 473

Further reading for Chapter 15 476

16 Columns and struts 477

16.1 Introduction 477

16.2 Common types of member 477

16.3 Design considerations 478

16.4 Cross-sectional considerations 480

16.5 Column buckling resistance 484

16.6 Torsional and flexural-torsional buckling 486

16.7 Effective (buckling) lengths Lcr 487

16.8 Special types of strut 493

16.9 Economic points 496

References to Chapter 16 497

Further reading for Chapter 16 497

Worked example 498

17 Beams 503

17.1 Introduction 503

17.2 Common types of beam 503

17.3 Cross-section classification and moment resistance Mc,Rd 506

17.4 Basic design 507 – Steel Designers Manual PDF

17.5 Laterally unrestrained beams 513

17.6 Beams with web openings 520

References to Chapter 17 521

Worked example 522

18 Plate girders 533

18.1 Introduction 533 Steel Designers Manual

18.2 Advantages and disadvantages 533

18.3 Initial choice of cross-section for plate girders 534

18.4 Design of plate girders to BS EN 1993-1-5 536

References to Chapter 18 552

Worked example 553

19 Members with compression and moments 563

19.1 Occurrence of combined loading 563

19.2 Types of response – interaction 564

19.3 Effect of moment gradient loading 570

19.4 Selection of type of cross-section 574

19.5 Basic design procedure to Eurocode 3 575

19.6 Special design methods for members in portal frames 577

References to Chapter 19 584

Further reading for Chapter 19 585

Worked example 586

20 Trusses 600

20.1 Introduction 600

20.2 Types of truss 600

20.3 Guidance on overall concept 602

20.4 Selection of elements and connections 603

20.5 Analysis of trusses 604

20.6 Detailed design considerations for elements 607

20.7 Bracing 609 Steel Designers Manual

20.8 Rigid-jointed Vierendeel girders 610

References to Chapter 20 612

Worked example 613

21 Composite slabs 623

21.1 Definition 623

21.2 General description 623

21.3 Design for the construction condition 626

21.4 Design of composite slabs 628

21.5 Design for shear and concentrated loads 633

21.6 Tests on composite slabs 635

21.7 Serviceability limits and crack control 636

21.8 Shrinkage and creep 638

21.9 Fire resistance 639 – Steel Designers Manual PDF

References for Chapter 21 640

Worked example 641 Steel Designers Manual

22 Composite beams 647

22.1 Introduction 647

22.2 Material properties 649

22.3 Composite beams 651

22.4 Plastic analysis of composite section 654

22.5 Shear resistance 658

22.6 Shear connection 659

22.7 Full and partial shear connection 664

22.8 Transverse reinforcement 669

22.9 Primary beams and edge beams 672

22.10 Continuous composite beams 673

22.11 Serviceability limit states 675

22.12 Design tables for composite beams 680

References to Chapter 22 682

Worked example 684

23 Composite columns 701

23.1 Introduction 701 Steel Designers Manual

23.2 Design of composite columns 702

23.3 Simplified design method 704

23.4 Illustrative examples of design of composite columns 718

23.5 Longitudinal and transverse shear forces 720

References to Chapter 23 722

Worked example 723

24 Design of light gauge steel elements 733

24.1 Introduction 733

24.2 Section properties 736

24.3 Local buckling 741

24.4 Distortional buckling 744

24.5 Design of compression members 748

24.6 Design of members in bending 751

References to Chapter 24 756

Worked example 757 Steel Designers Manual

Connection Design

25 Bolting assemblies 769

25.1 Types of structural bolting assembly 769

25.2 Methods of tightening and their application 771

25.3 Geometric considerations 772

25.4 Methods of analysis of bolt groups 774

25.5 Design strengths 778

25.6 Tables of resistance 783

References to Chapter 25 783

Further reading for Chapter 25 784

26 Welds and design for welding 785

26.1 Advantages of welding 785

26.2 Ensuring weld quality and properties by the use of standards 786

26.3 Recommendations for cost reduction 792

26.4 Welding processes 797 Steel Designers Manual

26.5 Geometric considerations 803

26.6 Methods of analysis of weld groups 804

26.7 Design strengths 807

26.8 Concluding remarks 809

References to Chapter 26 810

27 Joint design and simple connections 812

27.1 Introduction 812 – Steel Designers Manual PDF

27.2 Simple connections 820

References to Chapter 27 842

Worked example 844

28 Design of moment connections 868

28.1 Introduction 868

28.2 Design philosophy 869

28.3 Tension zone 870

28.4 Compression zone 876

28.5 Shear zone 878

28.6 Stiffeners 879 Steel Designers Manual

28.7 Design moment of resistance of end-plate joints 879

28.8 Rotational stiffness and rotation capacity 882

28.9 Summary 883

References to Chapter 28 883


29 Foundations and holding-down systems 885

29.1 Types of foundation 885

29.2 Design of foundations 887

29.3 Fixed and pinned column bases 891 – Steel Designers Manual PDF

29.4 Pinned column bases – axially loaded I-section columns 891

29.5 Design of fixed column bases 902

29.6 Holding-down systems 906

References to Chapter 29 908

Further reading for Chapter 29 909

Worked example 910

30 Steel piles and steel basements 916

30.1 Introduction 916 Steel Designers Manual

30.2 Types of steel piles 916

30.3 Geotechnical uncertainty 920

30.4 Choosing a steel basement 923

30.5 Detailed basement design: Introduction 929

30.6 Detailed basement designs: Selection of soil parameters 934

30.7 Detailed basement design: Geotechnical analysis 937

30.8 Detailed basement design: Structural design 943

30.9 Other design details 949

30.10 Constructing a steel basement: Pile installation techniques 950

30.11 Specification and site control 953

30.12 Movement and monitoring 955 – Steel Designers Manual PDF

References to Chapter 30 956 Steel Designers Manual

Further reading for Chapter 30 957


31 Design for movement in structures 959

31.1 Introduction 959

31.2 Effects of temperature variation 961

31.3 Spacing of expansion joints 962

31.4 Design for movement in typical single-storey industrial steel buildings 962

31.5 Design for movement in typical multi-storey buildings 964

31.6 Treatment of movement joints 965

31.7 Use of special bearings 967

References to Chapter 31 969

32 Tolerances 970

32.1 Introduction 970

32.2 Standards 972 Steel Designers Manual

32.3 Implications of tolerances 974

32.4 Fabrication tolerances 976

32.5 Erection tolerances 982

References to Chapter 32 1000

Further reading for Chapter 32 1000

33 Fabrication 1002

33.1 Introduction 1002

33.2 Economy of fabrication 1002

33.3 Welding 1009

33.4 Bolting 1009

33.5 Cutting 1012 Steel Designers Manual

33.6 Handling and routeing of steel 1016

33.7 Quality management 1020 – Steel Designers Manual PDF

References to Chapter 33 1023

Further reading for Chapter 33 1023

34 Erection 1024

34.1 Introduction 1024

34.2 Method statements, regulations and documentation 1025

34.3 Planning 1026

34.4 Site practices 1029

34.5 Site fabrication and modifications 1035

34.6 Steel decking and shear connectors 1037

34.7 Cranes and craneage 1038 Steel Designers Manual

34.8 Safety 1048

34.9 Accidents 1055

References to Chapter 34 1056

Further reading for Chapter 34 1056

35 Fire protection and fire engineering 1057

35.1 Introduction 1057

35.2 Building regulations 1057

35.3 Fire engineering design codes 1058

35.4 Structural performance in fire 1062

35.5 Fire protection materials 1072

35.6 Advanced fire engineering 1073 – Steel Designers Manual PDF

35.7 Selection of an appropriate approach to fire protection and fire engineering for specific buildings 1078

References to Chapter 35 1078

Worked example 1081

36 Corrosion and corrosion prevention 1088

36.1 Introduction 1088 Steel Designers Manual

36.2 General corrosion 1089

36.3 Other forms of corrosion 1090

36.4 Corrosion rates 1091

36.5 Effect of the environment 1091

36.6 Design and corrosion 1092

36.7 Surface preparation 1093

36.8 Metallic coatings 1095

36.9 Paint coatings 1097

36.10 Application of paints 1101

36.11 Weather-resistant steels 1102

36.12 The protective treatment specification 1104

Relevant standards 1107

Appendix 1110

Steel technology

Elastic properties 1111

European standards for structural steels 1112

Design theory Steel Designers Manual

Bending moment, shear and deflection 1115

Second moments of area 1143

Geometrical properties of plane sections 1151

Plastic moduli 1154

Formulae for rigid frames 1157

Design of elements and connections – Steel Designers Manual PDF

Explanatory notes on section dimensions and properties 1175

Tables of dimensions and gross section properties 1193

Bolt and Weld Data for S275 1259

Bolt and Weld Data for S355 1274 Steel Designers Manual


Extracts from Concise Eurocodes 1289


Floor plates 1309


Fire resistance 1312

Section factors for fire design 1332

Corrosion resistance 1337


British and European Standards for steelwork 1340

Index 1351

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Contributors – Steel Designers Manual PDF

David G. Brown David Brown graduated from the University of Bradford in 1982 and worked for several years for British Rail, Eastern Region, before joining a steelwork contractor as a designer, and then technical director. He joined the Steel Construction Institute in 1994 and has been involved with connections, frame design, Eurocodes and technical training. Michael Burdekin Michael Burdekin graduated from Cambridge University in 1961. Steel Designers Manual PDF

After fifteen years of industrial research and construction experience, during which he was awarded a PhD from Cambridge IJniversity, he was appointed Professor of Civil and Structural Engineering at IJMIST in 1977. He retired from this post in December 2002 and is now an Emeritus Professor of the University of Manchester. His specific expertise is the field of welded steel structures, particularly in materials behaviour and the application of fracture mechanics to fracture and fatigue failure. Katherine Cashell Dr Katherine Cashell is a Senior Engineer at the Steel Construction Institute and a Chartered Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Steel Designers Manual PDF

Previous to this, she worked as a research assistant at Imperial College London and a Design Engineer at High Point Rendel Consultants. Kwok-Fai Chung Professor K F Chung obtained a bachelor degree from the University of Sheffield in 1984 and a doctoral degree from Imperial College in 1988. He joined the Steel Construction Institute in 1989 and worked as a research engineer for six years on steel, steel-concrete composite and cold-formed steel structures as well as structural fire engineering. After practising as a structural engineer in a leading consultant firm in Hong Kong for approximately a year, he joined the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1996 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to a full Professor in 2005. He has published about 150 technical papers in journals and conferences together with five SCI design guides.Steel Designers Manual PDF

Moreover, he has taught about 30 professional courses to practising engineers in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Macau. He was Chairman of the Editorial Board and Chief Editor of the Proceedings of the IStructE Centenary Conference 2008. Currently, he is the Founding President of the Hong Kong Constructional Metal Structures Association and Advisor to the Macau Society of Metal Structures. Graham Couchman Graham Couchman graduated from Cambridge IJniversity in 1984 and completed a PhD in composite construction from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne in 1994.

He has experience of construction, design and research, specialising in composite construction and light gauge construction. He first joined SCI in 1995 then, after a brief spell at BRE, became Chief Executive of SCI in 2007. He is currently chairman of the European committee responsible for Eurocode 4. Buick Davison Dr Buick Davison is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at the IJniversity of Sheffield. In addition to his wide experience in teaching and research of steel structures, he is a Chartered Engineer and has worked in consultancies on the design of buildings and stadia. Steel Designers Manual PDF

David Deacon David Deacon qualified as a Coating Technologist in 1964 and after working for the British Iron and Steel Research Association and the Burma Castrol Group, he started in consultancy of coatings for iron and steel structures in 1970. His first major consultancy was the protective coatings for London’s Thames Barrier, which is now some 28 years old and a recent major survey has extended the life of the coatings to first major maintenance from 25 to 40 years. His consultancy and advisory activities has taken him to over SO countries worldwide on a range of projects; he is currently working on the refurbishment of the Cutty Sark iron frame, the Forth Rail and Road Bridges and numerous other structures. He has given many papers on his specialist coatings subjects and is a co-author of the book ‘Steelwork Corrosion Control’. Steel Designers Manual PDF

He is a Past President of the Institute of Corrosion and last year was awarded a unique Lifetime Achievement Award by the Institute of Corrosion. David Dibb-Fuller David Dibb-Fuller started his career with the Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Company in London. His early bridge related work gave a strong emphasis to heavy fabrication; in later years he moved on to building structures. As technical director for Conder Southern in Winchester, his strategy was to develop close links between design for strength and design for production. Steel Designers Manual

He moved on to become a partner with Gifford and Partners in Southampton until his retirement; he remains a consultant to the partnership. Richard Dobson Richard Dobson graduated from the IJniversity of Cambridge in 1980. For the first eight years of his professional career, he worked for consulting engineers in areas of bridge design and offshore steel jacket design for the North Sea and other parts of the world. Twenty-four years ago Richard joined CSC (IJK) Ltd, designing and developing software solutions for structural engineers. For the last 12 years, Richard has been the technical director at CSC overseeing the global development of CSC’s range of software products – Fastrak, Orion and Tedds. Steel Designers Manual PDF

Leroy Gardner Dr Leroy Gardner is a Reader in Structural Engineering at Imperial College London and a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer. He leads an active research group in the area of structural steelwork, teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and carries out specialist advisory work for industry. He has co-authored two textbooks and over 100 technical papers, and is a member of the BSI committee responsible for Eurocode 3. Steel Designers Manual

Jeff Garner Jeff Garner has over 30 years industrial experience in fabrication and welding. He is a professional Welding Engineer with a Masters degree in Welding Engineering. Working in a range of key industry sectors including petrochemical, nuclear, steel making, railways and construction he has acted as a consulting welding engineer, delivered welding technology training courses and provided representation on a number of British and European welding codehtandards committees. Jeff joined the British Constructional Steelwork Association in 2008 as Welding and Fabrication Manager, responsible for providing welding and fabrication technology support throughout the IJK steel construction industry. In 2011 he moved to edf. Martin Heywood Martin Heywood has worked at the SCI since 1998. He currently holds the title ‘Associate Director Construction Technology’ and has responsibility for a portfolio of projects involving light gauge steel, modern methods of construction, floor vibrations and building envelope systems. Steel Designers Manual PDF

Previously, Martin worked for several years in the SCI’s Codes and Standards division where he authored the SCI’s Guide to the amendments to BS 5950-1:2000 and BS 5950 worked examples. Prior to joining the SCI, Martin worked for 3 years in civil engineering contracting and obtained a PhD in structural dynamics from Birmingham IJniversity. Roger Hudson Roger Hudson studied metallurgy at Sheffield Polytechnic whilst employed by BISRA. Steel Designers Manual

He also has a Masters degree from the University of Sheffield. In 1968, he joined the United Steel Companies at Swinden Laboratories in Rotherham to work on the corrosion of stainless steels. The laboratories later became part of British Steel where he was responsible for the Corrosion Laboratory and several research projects. He became principal technologist for Corus . He is a member of several technical and international standards committees, has written technical publications, and has lectured widely on the corrosion and protection of steel in structures. He has had a longstanding professional relationship with the Institute of Corrosion. Mark Lawson Mark Lawson is part-time Professor of Construction Systems at the University of Surrey and a Specialist Consultant to the Steel Construction Institute. In 1987, he joined the newly formed SCI as Research Manager for steel in buildings, with particular reference to composite construction, fire engineering and cold-formed steel. Steel Designers Manual PDF

A graduate of Imperial College, and the IJniversity of Salford, where he worked in the field of cold-formed steel, Mark Lawson spent his early career at Ove Arup and Partners and the Construction Industry Research and Information Association. He is a member of the Institutions of Civil and Structural Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Ian Liddell Ian Liddell was a Founding Partner of Buro Happold in 1976. He has been responsible for a wide range of projects with special innovatory structural engineering including Sydney Opera House, the Millennium Dome, Mannheim Gridshell Roof, and the concept and scheme for Phoenix Stadium Retractable Roof. He is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of lightweight tension and fabric structures. He is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge and was awarded the Institution of Structural Engineers Gold Medal in 1999. Allan Mann Allan Mann graduated from Leeds University and gained a PhD there. Since then he has over 40 years of experience in steel structures of all kinds over the commercial, industrial and nuclear sectors. He also has extensive experience in roller coasters and large observation wheels. Allan has authored a number of papers, won a number of prizes and been closely associated with the Institution of Structural Engineers throughout his career. Steel Designers Manual PDF

Fergus M’Cormick Fergus M’Cormick is a specialist in cable, long-span, dynamic and moving structures and wind engineering and is a sector specialist in Sports Stadia. His past projects include the BA London Eye, the City of Manchester Stadium and the Infinity Footbridge. For Buro Happold he has been Structural Leader for Astana Stadium Retractable Roof; Kirkby Stadium, Everton Football Club; Aviva Stadium and currently leads the structural team for the London 2012 Olympic Stadium. David Moore Dr David Moore is the Director of Engineering at the British Constructional Steelwork Association. Dr Moore has over 20 years experience of research and specialist advisory work in the area of structural engineering and has published over 70 technical papers on a wide range of subjects. He has also made a significant contribution to a number of specialised design guides and best practice guides for the IJK and European steel industry. Many of these publications are used daily by practising structural engineers and steelwork contractors.

Introduction – Steel Designers Manual PDF

At the instigation of the Iron and Steel Federation, the late Bernard Godfrey began work in 1952 on the first edition of the Steel Designers’ Manual. As principal author, he worked on the manuscript almost continuously for a period of two years. On many Friday evenings he would meet with his co-authors, Charles Gray, Lewis Kent and W.E. Mitchell, to review progress and resolve outstanding technical problems. A remarkable book emerged. Within approximately 900 pages it was possible for the steel designer to find everything necessary to carry out the detailed design of most conventional steelwork. Although not intended as an analytical treatise, the book contained the best summary of methods of analysis then available. Steel Designers Manual PDF

The standard solutions, influence lines and formulae for frames could be used by the ingenious designer to disentangle the analysis of the most complex structure. Information on element design was intermingled with guidance on the design of both overall structures and connections. It was a book to dip into rather than read from cover to cover. However well one thought one knew its contents, it was amazing how often a further reading would give some useful insight into current problems. Readers forgave its idiosyncrasies, especially in the order of presentation. How could anyone justify slipping a detailed treatment of angle struts between a very general discussion of space frames and an overall presentation on engineering workshop design? The book was very popular.Steel Designers Manual PDF

It ran to four editions with numerous reprints in both hard and soft covers. Special versions were also produced for overseas markets. Each edition was updated by the introduction of new material from a variety of sources. However, the book gradually lost the coherence of its original authorship and it became clear in the 1980s that a more radical revision was required. After 36 very successful years, it was decided to rewrite and reorder the book, while retaining its special character. This decision coincided with the formation of the Steel Construction Institute and it was given the task of co-ordinating this activity.

A complete restructuring of the book was undertaken for the fifth edition, with more material on overall design and a new section on construction. The analytical material was condensed because it is now widely available elsewhere, but all the design data were retained in order to maintain the practical usefulness of the book as a day-to-day design manual. Allowable stress design concepts were replaced by limit state design encompassing BS 5950 for buildings and BS 5400 for bridges. Design examples are to the more appropriate of these two codes for each particular application. Steel Designers Manual PDF

The fifth edition was published in 1992 and proved to be a very worthy successor to its antecedents. It also ran to several printings in both hard and soft covers; an international edition was also printed and proved to be very popular in overseas markets. The sixth edition of 2003 maintained the broad structure introduced in 1992, reflecting its target readership of designers of structural steelwork of all kinds, and included updates to accommodate changes in the principal design codes, BSS400 and BSS9S0. This seventh edition, while maintaining the same overall structure, has required a more radical review of the content. Steel Designers Manual

The most significant changes are: The adoption of the Eurocodes, presenting relevant parts of their background in the chapters on element and connection design and using them for all worked examples. Recognition of the growing importance of light steel and secondary steelwork with separate chapters on types of light steel structure, the detailed design of light gauge elements and secondary steelwork. Recognition of both the greater importance of sustainability to the built environment and the associated need for holistic, integrated approaches to design and construction. Steel Designers Manual PDF

A revised approach to analysis, recognising the growing importance of computer methods. Because all these changes introduced more material into an already very large text book, it was decided to concentrate on building structures, removing all references to bridges. Introduction: Chapters 1-3 An introduction to both design to the Eurocodes and the need for integrated design. Introduction – design to the Eurocodes (Chapter 1) Integrated design for successful steel construction (Chapter 2) Loading to the Eurocodes (Chapter 3).


The Steel Construction Institute (SCI) is the leading, independent provider of technical expertise and disseminator of best practice to the steel construction sector.

Buick Davidson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Sheffield.

Graham Owens was, until recently, Director of the SCI and he is now a consultant for the SCI.


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