First Advisor

Wendelin H. Mueller

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE)


Civil Engineering




Buckling (Mechanics) -- Mathematical models, Struts (Engineering), Steel bars



Physical Description

1 online resource (103 p.)


A study was undertaken to investigate the compressive capacity of a specific group of single angle members.

A review of existing literature and techniques was presented. Laboratory compression tests were performed on 22 angle members of four different sizes and two different lengths. Additional tests were performed to determine the yield strength of the material. The results, normalized with respect to the yield stress, were tabulated and discussed.

Two existing analytic models were used to attempt to predict the ultimate capacity of the test members. The first, an elastic method, was based upon the AISC combined stress equation. The second, an inelastic method, was developed by Mueller and Erzurumlu of Portland State University. Comparisons were made with the results of the test program.

The results indicate that both analytic models give conservative predictions when pinned end conditions are assumed and unconservative results for fixed end conditions. For the test members with L/r ratios greater than 125, the elastic method results closely paralleled the test results but for the members with L/r ratios less than 125 the correlation was less consistent. The results of the inelastic technique closely paralleled the results of all the member tests.


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