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Old 2nd January 2008, 07:04 PM   #168
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Originally Posted by realcddeal View Post
What does the slenderness ratio of a structural steel column need to be to be in the inelastic buckling range?

What were the slenderness ratios of the central core columns at the collapse initiation sites of the 98th floor in the North Tower and 82nd floor in the South Tower?
Inelastic buckling occurs for all slenderness ratios under the Euler limit. That's 4.71 * SQRT(E/Fy). Of course extremely stout members won't buckle inelastically, however none of the columns in the upper floors of the WTC were that stout.

Do you have any clue as to what you're talking about? I recommend picking up an AISC Manual of Steel Construction and see exactly how steel is designed these days. We're not in the 1940's, we know how steel fails now. Maybe you should update you knowledge to modern information.
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