Example D.1 W-shape tension member

The results of tensile yielding and recommended slenderness limit calculation according to SDC Verifier and Design Examples of AISC (official version 14.1) are compared. The goal is to test SDC Verifier and reach valid results according to Specification for Structural Steel Buildings (ANSI/AISC 360-10 chapter D).

The results are generated with SDC Verifier 3.6 and calculated with FEMAP v11.0.0


Select an 8-in. W-shape, ASTM A992, to carry a dead load of 30 kips and a live load of 90 kips in tension. The member is 25 ft long. Verify the member strength by both LRFD and ASD with the bolted end connection shown. Verify that the member satisfies the recommended slenderness limit. Assume that connection limit states do not govern.


From Chapter 2 of ASCE/SEI 7, the required strength is:

=180 kips
Pa=30 kips+90 kips
=120 kips

From AISC Manual Table 5-1, try a W8×21.

From AISC Manual Table 4-2, the material properties are as follows:



Fy=50 ksi

Fu=65 ksi

From AISC Manual Table 1-1 and 1-8, the geometric properties are as follows:


Ag =6.16 in.2

bƒ =5.27 in.

tƒ =0.400 in.

ry =1.26 in.


γ =0.831 in.

Tensile Yielding

From AISC Manual Table 5-1. the tensile yielding strength is:

277 kips > 180 kips                          o.k 184 kips > 120 kips                         o.k

Check Recommended Slenderness Limit


Check Recommended Slenderness Limit

=238 < 300 from AISC Specification Section D1 o.k.

All units of measurement were chosen according to British metric system (lb, in, lb/in^3, lb/in^2).

Material used is A992 Steel with Yield Stress = 50000 and Tensile Strength = 65000

Area section W8×21 is modified manually from original area 6.06 to 6.16, because section is modeled without fillets.

section W8x21

Geometry Property Value
Height 8.28
Width 5.27
h 8.28
a 5.27
b 5.27
c 0.40
d 0.25
t 0.40

Example from AISC Design Examples

AISC design

Ag =6.16 in.2
W8×21 bƒ =5.27 in.
ASTM A992 tƒ =0.400 in.
Fy= 50 ksi d =8.28 in.
Fu =65 ksi ry =1.26 in.

Note: I-beam was created in Femap (built-in section) with area A =6.06 m^2 (fillets of rolled section weren’t taken into account), but in SDC Verifier area was changed to A = 6.16 m^2 according to the input data of the example.

FEM Loads and Constraint

2..Dead load 30 kips

Definition Title Load Type Applied on Value(s)
1..Force on Node Force Node: 11 (30000;0;0)

3..Live load 90 kips

Definition Title Load Type Applied on Value(s)
1..Force on Node Force Node: 11 (90000;0;0)


Definition Count Type (DOF)
1..Constraint on Node 1 node(s) Tx Ty Tz Rx Ry Rz

AISC node

Check 1..ANSI / AISC LRFD 360-10

Slenderness check

D1 slimit

Check Recommended Slenderness Limit

AISC limit

Axial Check

All (LS1, 17 Property Shape(s))

D1 aisc

From Chapter 2 of ASCE/SEI 7, the required tensile strength is:

AISC tensile

Tensile Yielding

From AISC Manual Table 1-5, the tensile yielding strength is:

AISC yield

Comparing results of calculation in SDC Verifier and in Example D.1 it can be seen that the values completely match. Tensile yielding stress is 277 kips > required tensile stress is 180 kips. Slenderness ratio Y is 238 < maximum slenderness limit for members in tension is 300 (AISC 360-10 chapter D.1).

Download SDC Verifier project file, model and report Example D.1

Full list of AISC 360-10 Examples


Subscribe to Newsletter

Get SDC Verifier insights, news, and updates, straight in your inbox