Higher Education

Steel Design, 5th Edition

  • William T. Segui The University of Memphis
  • ISBN-10: 1111576009  |  ISBN-13: 9781111576004
  • 736 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2003, 1999
  • © 2013 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $165.00
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STEEL DESIGN covers the fundamentals of structural steel design with an emphasis on the design of members and their connections, rather than the integrated design of buildings. The book is designed so that instructors can easily teach LRFD, ASD, or both, time-permitting. The application of fundamental principles is encouraged for design procedures as well as for practical design, but a theoretical approach is also provided to enhance student development. While the book is intended for junior-and senior-level engineering students, some of the later chapters can be used in graduate courses and practicing engineers will find this text to be an essential reference tool for reviewing current practices.

Features and Benefits

  • Designed so that instructors can easily teach either LRFD or ASD, or both with most examples incorporating both LRFD and ASD solutions.
  • Assigned problems are given at the end of each chapter, providing practice with both approaches, and where appropriate, the required approach is specified in the statement of the problem.
  • Answers to selected problems are given at the back of the book.
  • Although this book is oriented toward practical design, sufficient theory is included to avoid a "cookbook" approach.
  • Instructor Resources including a full Instructor's Solutions Manual, PowerPoint slides, and Lecture Builder PowerPoints are available for free download for Instructors.

Table of Contents

Structural Design. Loads. Building Codes. Design Specifications. Structural Steel. Standard Cross-Sectional Shapes. Problems.
Design Philosophies. American Institute of Steel Construction Specification. Load Factors, Resistance Factors, and Load Combinations for LRFD. Safety Factors and Load Combinations for ASD. Probabilistic Basis of Load and Resistance Factors. Steel Construction Manual. Design Computations and Precision. Problems.
Introduction. Tensile Strength. Effective Area. Staggered Fasteners. Block Shear. Design of Tension Members. Threaded Rods and Cables. Tensions Members in Roof Trusses. Pin-Connected Members. Problems.
Introduction. Column Theory. AISC Requirements. Local Stability. Tables for Compression Members. Design. More on Effective Length. Torsional and Flexural-Torsional Buckling. Built-Up Members. Problems.
Introduction. Bending Stress and the Plastic Moment. Stability. Classification of Shapes. Bending Strength of Compact Shapes. Bending Strength of Noncompact Shapes. Summary of Moment Strength. Deflection. Design. Floor and Roof Framing Systems. Holes in Beams. Open-Web Steel Joists. Beam Bearing Plates and Column Base Plates. Biaxial Bending. Bending Strength of Various Shapes. Problems.
Definition. Interaction Formulas. Methods of Analysis for Required Strength. The Moment Amplification Method. Braced Versus Unbraced Frames. Members in Braced Frames. Members in Unbraced Frames. Design of Beam-Columns. Trusses with Top-Chord Loads Between Joints. Problems.
Introduction. Bolted Shear Connections: Failure Modes. Bearing Strength, Spacing, and Edge-Distance Requirements. Shear Strength. Installation of High-Strength Bolts. Slip-Critical and Bearing-Type Connections. Design Examples. High-Strength Bolts in Tension. Combined Shear and Tension in Fasteners. Welded Connections. Fillet Welds. Problems.
Examples of Eccentric Connections. Eccentric Bolted Connections: Shear Only. Eccentric Bolted Connections: Shear Plus Tension. Eccentric Welded Connections: Shear Only. Eccentric Welded Connections: Shear Plus Tension. Moment-Resisting Connections. Column Stiffeners and Other Reinforcement. End-Plate Connections. Concluding Remarks. Problems.
Introduction. Shored Versus Unshored Construction. Effective Flange Width. Steel Headed Stud Anchors. Design. Deflections. Composite Beams with Formed Steel Deck. Tables for Composite Beam Analysis and Design. Continuous Beams. Composite Columns. Problems.
Introduction. General Considerations. AISE Requirements for Proportions of Plate Girders. Flexural Strength. Shear Strength. Bearing Stiffeners. Design. Problems.
Introduction. AISC Requirements. Analysis. Design. Concluding Remarks.

What's New

  • Content has been updated to conform to the newest AISC Specification and Steel Construction Manual.
  • Provides a detailed description of the reorganization of the Specification and Steel Construction Manual.
  • Includes a new discussion on frame analysis methods.
  • Modified beam design examples.
  • Expanded material on the moment amplification method.
  • New material on shear strength of bolts, incorporating the new strength values given in the Specification, as well as the new AISC equation for slip-critical bolt strength.
  • A new emphasis on the use of the lower-bound moment of inertia in computing deflections.
  • Majority of problems have been revised from the previous edition.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"I really like this text because of the suggestions and hints provided. The examples in the text also match well with the ones in the AISC Manual. Together, they give the students the full range of techniques they will need when they become practicing engineers."

— Bozidar Stojadinovic, University of California Berkeley

"Easy to understand and quite clear."

— Jean-Paul Pinelli, Florida Institute of Technology

"The book is well written and at an appropriate level for a first steel design class."

— Mike Folse, University of New Orleans

Meet the Author

Author Bio

William T. Segui

William T. Segui is a Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at The University of Memphis, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1968. He holds a B.S.C.E, M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. After obtaining his B.S.C.E., he served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force. He then joined Wilbur Smith Associates, where he was a highway bridge designer. During graduate school, he received an NSF Graduate Traineeship. Since joining the Department of Civil Engineering at The University of Memphis, he has received two NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowships at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Dr. Segui has worked several summers for various consulting firms and for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He received the University of Memphis Distinguished Teaching Award in 2000. Dr. Segui is an emeritus member of the American Institute of Steel Construction and is a member of the Committee on Manuals. He received the 2011 AISC Special Achievement Award for his contributions to steel design education. He is a Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of the Tennessee Structural Engineers Association. Dr. Segui is also a licensed professional engineer in Tennessee.