Wood Column Analysis and Design
The basic process of column design is similar to beam design: actual stresses are computed and compared to allowable stresses until a column that exceeds or meets the requirements is found.
Columns are generally considered to be vertical members which support downward loads. However, the techniques described in this chapter apply to any structural member which resists axial, compressive loads. In some applications, columns also resist bending moments. The procedures for analyzing these combined loading conditions will be discussed in Chapter 7.
In Chapter 2, the design of compression members was introduced using the direct stress formula with the assumption that the member in question would fail ...