Structural columns and buckling

Structural columns and buckling

Date Published

17 August 2022

Document Type




The Eurocode 5 method of calculation for capacity of columns places an emphasis on
the stability. The method is akin to the previously practised methods for steel columns
whereby the slenderness ratio of the column governs the design method. The following
summarises the Eurocode 5 method of verifying columns.

Key Information

Structural columns under axial, bi-axial and lateral loads are looked at. Effect of the
stability of columns and the design approach adopted by Eurocode 5 is discussed.
Expressions for beams with axial loads are explained and an expression used to
calculate deflections of columns with axial and lateral loads is presented.