Ratay, Robert T. Consulting Engineer, Manhasset, New York.
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A beam-column is a structural member that is subjected to axial compression and transverse bending at the same time. The combined compression and bending may be produced by an eccentrically applied axial load (Fig. 1a), a concentrically applied axial load and one or two end moments (Fig. 1b), oran axial load and a transverse load between the two ends (Fig. 1c), or a combination of all three. A beam-column differs from a column only by the presence of the eccentricity of the load application, end moment, or transverse load.
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