Definition of Slender and Short Columns

Thursday, April 12, 2012 20:22
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Short Columns

Columns in which the strength is governed entirely by the strength of materials and the geometry of the cross-section are called short columns.

  • Short columns mainly carry compression loads.
  • They are generally used in construction.
  • They can carry bending moments as well about one or both axes.
  • Column is treated generally as compression member because compression forces dominates.

Slender Columns

Columns are said to be slender if its cross-sectional dimensions are small compared with its length.

  • The degree of slenderness is generally expressed in terms of slenderness ratio, L/r where L is the unsupported length and “r” is the radius of gyration.
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3 Responses to “Definition of Slender and Short Columns”

  1. Md- Kamrul Hasan says:

    April 15th, 2013 at 8:18 am

    i need more appropriate definition of short & long column

  2. admin says:

    April 19th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Which kind of appropriate definition ? Are u talking of definition with respect to slenderness ratio ?

  3. Antonio says:

    October 6th, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    I need more details on the slender column section

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