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Engineering Science by Lloyd Dingle, Mike Tooley

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Chapter 5 Concentrically loaded columns and struts

5.1 Slenderness ratio, radius of gyration and effective length

In a similar way to beams, the maximum concentric load that a column can support depends on the material from which the column is manufactured and the slenderness of the column. The slenderness of a column is determined by considering column height, size and shape of cross-section. As you will see later, a measure of the shape of ...

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