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Posted by: stkitts

12/05/2006, 16:47:24

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I have a steel framework of a 14"x6" I beam, 40' long and supported by 3 6"x6"x 1/2" steel columns (at each end and 1 in the center).The frame is 2 of the above, 6'apart. I plan to weld steel plate on it creating a deck 40'x6'. What weght can I store on this?







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Posted by: swearingen

12/06/2006, 08:08:41

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You probably need to show some sketches to a local structural engineer. There are many things with a design like this that come into play:

1. How thick is the plate?
2. How is the plate connected?
3. Is there anything other than the plate connecting the two frames together?
4. How are the columns affixed at the bottom and top?
5. What are the bottom of the columns affixed to?
6. Is there any diagonal bracing to be used?
7. Have the earthquake loads been calculated?
8. What are you planning to store up there?
9. How tall are the columns?
10. Is it outside? If so, have the wind loads been calculated?

There are many other questions that will affect the capacity check. Again, I suggest getting a local structural guy to look it over and do the calcs.








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Posted by: stkitts

12/06/2006, 08:54:32

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the plate is 1/4" and welded to the beams. There are 4"x4"x1/2" steel tubes welded at 2' centers between the beams. The supporting columns are welded to the beams and bottom plates. The plates are bolted to the floor. The columns are 7' tall. It is indoors and there is no earthquake requirement(central Canada).I plan to store skids of stucco pails. Just wondering about weight.







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Posted by: swearingen

12/07/2006, 07:13:58

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As I said in my post, there are other questions that need to be answered and the details must be looked at before a capacity check can be made. The calculation checks necessary are not hard, but there are quite a few of them and they are dependent on specific construction details.

I strongly suggest you consult with a local structural engineer. You won't get more than an off the cuff answer here, and because of liability issues, I doubt you would want to trust the answer.








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