CFSEI Offers Webinar on Cold-Formed Steel Design and Detailing to Dodge Distortional Buckling, March 23

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 4, 2011 - Cold-formed steel columns and joists with open cross-sections can be susceptible to distortional buckling. Learn what causes distortional buckling and how to minimize its effects in practice at a webinar offered by the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 3 pm Eastern time. Design examples employing AISI-S100-07 will be provided.

The webinar is pertinent to several audiences because more structures are using cold-formed steel framing in structural and load-bearing applications. Additionally, Distortional Buckling checks are new to the 2007 AISI Specification, and therefore are now required by the 2009 International Building Code.

Structural engineers, code enforcement staff, cold-formed steel framing manufacturers, forensic engineers, software developers, other design professionals using the 2009 Building Code, academicians, researchers and other professionals will also benefit.

The webinar will include information on: 

– How to identify distortional buckling and other failure modes
– Quantification of distortional buckling
– Where it occurs and how to avoid it
– Recent research
– Code requirements and provisions, including using sheathing as a restraint for distortional buckling in floors and walls
– Design examples

A Continuing Education unit of 1.0 hour is available. The presenter will be Dr. Cris Moen, an assistant professor in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech.

For more information or to register, visit