Steel I-section members subjected to compression a monoaxial bending about the major axis are dealt with in this paper. The current Eurocode’s design procedure of such members is based on a set of two interpolation equations. In this paper a simple and yet consistent Ayrton-Perry methodology is presented that for beam-columns yields the Ayrton-Perry design strategy similar to that utilized in the steel Eurocodes for design of beams and columns but not used so far for the beam-column design. The results from developed design criterion are compared with those of Method 1 of Eurocode 3 and the Ayrton-Perry formulation of a different format that has been recently published.
Problems associated with the estimation of partial factors for structural systems, subsystems and buckling of individual elements are dealt with in this paper. Aspects related to resistance factors for the section resistance and member resistance are in particular referred to. The Eurocode’s approach of resistance partial factor calibration assisted by experimental data for subframe systems is also summarized.