General – Presented in the load tables are maximum uniformly distributed specified loads.

Steel – Conforms to ASTM A653/A653M or A792/A792M. Grade 33/230; Yield stress 33 ksi/230 MPa and tensile stress 45 ksi/310 MPa. Grade 50 /345; Yield stress 50 ksi/345 MPa and tensile stress 65 ksi/450 MPa; Grade 80 /550; Yield stress 80 ksi/550 MPa and tensile stress 82 ksi/565 MPa.

Finishes – A25/ZF75, G90/Z275 or AZ50/AZM150. For heavier metallic coatings, refer to ASTM A653/A653M or A792/A792M.

Load Tables – The following information regarding the determination of the specified wind and snow loads is contained in the 2010 Edition of the National Building Code of Canada (NBCC).
Importance factors are applied to both strength (ULS) and serviceability/ deflection (SLS) limit state design considerations. A lower load factor for wind of 1.4, instead of 1.5 for live and snow loads, is now being used. This lower load factor for wind somewhat offsets the higher wind loads (1 in 50 year return) that are now listed in the NBCC by geographic location. The importance category of the end use of the building/structure must also be recognized, such as Normal or Low.

All of this will impact how the load tables are to be used. In an effort to help the design professional with the load tables, the information below was taken directly from Division B, Part 4 (Structural Design) of the NBCC.

Specified Wind Load

W = Iw qCeCgCp

Importance Category Importance Factor, Iw
ULS SLS
Low 0.8 0.75
Normal 1.0 0.75
High 1.15 0.75
Post-Disaster 1.25 0.75

Specified Snow Load

S = Is [Ss (Cb Cw Cs Ca) + Sr]

Importance Category Importance Factor, Iw
ULS SLS
Low 0.8 0.9
Normal 1.0 0.9
High 1.15 0.9
Post-Disaster 1.25 0.9

The importance factors, Iw and Is, have been incorporated in the load tables, as well as the importance category. The parameters in the boxed-in portion of Equations [1] and [2] must be determined by the design professional in accordance with the NBCC.

Strength – The maximum uniformly distributed specified load based on strength in the load table must be equal to or greater than the specified live load.

Serviceability (Deflection) – The maximum uniformly distributed specified load based on deflection in the load table must be equal to or greater than the specified live load. The effective
moment of inertia for deflection determination was calculated at an assumed specified live load stress of 0.6Fy.

EXAMPLE (Use of Load Table)

Ultra Span Wall (Normal Importance Category) 
Given: (Metric units)
(LLF = 1.4 and Iw = 0.75)
~ Deck thickness, t = 0.762 mm
~ Double span continuous, L = 2.6 m each span
~ Bearing length, N = 50 mm
~ L/240 deflection limit
~ Wind live load, LL = 1.5 kPa

The live load is the value of the boxed-in portion of the specified wind load expression [1].

Solution:
Strength “S”
1) Specified wind live load = 1.5 kPa
2) Maximum specified load (from Load Table)
Is 1.65 kPa

Since 1.65 > 1.5 … OK

3) Check web crippling (N = 50 mm)
a) End reaction = 0.375(1.5)2.6 = 1.46 kN/m (from section property table)
Pe = Pe1 + Pe2 [N/t]1/2 = 2.78 + 0.695[50/0.762]1/2 = 8.41 kN/m

Since 8.41 > 1.46 … OK

b) Interior reaction = 1.25(1.5)2.6 = 4.88 kN/m (from section property table)
Pi = Pi1 + Pi2 [N/t]1/2 = 5.29 + 0.900[50/0.762]1/2 = 12.6 kN/m

Since 12.6 > 4.88 … OK
Deflection “D”
From table L/180 = 3.26 kPa
For L/240, multiply 3.26 by 180/240 = 2.45 kPa
Since 2.45 > 1.5 … OK

  1. Based on ASTM A 653 structural steel.
  2. Values in row “S” are based on strength.
  3. Values in row “D” are based on deflection of 1/180th span.
  4. Web crippling not included in strength calculation. See example.
  5. Limit States Design principles were used in accordance with CSA Standard S136-12.

SECTION PROPERTIES | Per Foot of Width
Base Steel Thickness (inches) Weight [G90] (psf) Yield Stress (ksi) Section Modulus Deflection Moment of Inertia (in4) Specified Web Crippling Data
Midspan

(in3)

Support

(in3)

Pe1

End (lb)

Pe2

End (lb)

Pi1

Interior (lb)

Pi1

Interior (lb)

0.0135 0.74 80 0.0404 0.0404 0.0177
0.0180 0.97 33 0.0531 0.0531 0.0232
0.0180 0.97 50 0.0531 0.0531 0.0232
0.0240 1.27 33 0.0697 0.0697 0.0305
0.0300 1.58 33 0.0856 0.0856 0.0375
LLF = 1.40; IMPF = 0.75; NORMAL OCCUPANCY = 1.0
LOAD TABLE | Maximum Uniformly Distributed Specified Loads (psf).
Span Length (ft) 1-Span

Base Steel Thickness (inches)

2-Span

Base Steel Thickness (inches)

3-Span

Base Steel Thickness (inches)

0.0135 0.0180 0.0180 0.0240 0.0300 0.0135 0.0180 0.0180 0.0240 0.0300 0.0135 0.0180 0.0180 0.0240 0.0300
Y.S.* (ksi) 80 33 50 33 33 80 33 50 33 33 80 33 50 33 33
2.0

2.0

S 259 188 285 246 303 259 188 285 246 303 324 235 356 308 378
D 257 338 338 443 545 616 811 811 1064 1307 485 639 639 838 1029
2.5

2.5

S 166 120 182 158 194 166 120 182 158 194 208 150 228 197 242
D 131 173 173 227 279 315 415 415 545 669 248 327 327 429 527
3.0

3.0

S 115 84 127 109 135 115 84 127 109 135 144 104 158 137 168
D 76 100 100 131 161 183 240 240 315 387 144 189 189 248 305
3.5

3.5

S 85 61 93 80 99 85 61 93 80 99 106 77 116 101 124
D 48 63 63 83 102 115 151 151 198 244 91 119 119 156 192
4.0

4.0

S 65 47 71 62 76 65 47 71 62 76 81 59 89 77 95
D 32 42 42 55 68 77 101 101 133 163 61 80 80 105 129
4.5

4.5

S 51 37 56 49 60 51 37 56 49 60 64 46 70 61 75
D 23 30 30 39 48 54 71 71 93 115 43 56 56 74 90
5.0

5.0

S 42 30 46 39 48 42 30 46 39 48 52 38 57 49 61
D 16 22 22 28 35 39 52 52 68 84 31 41 41 54 66
5.5

5.5

S 34 25 38 33 40 34 25 38 33 40 43 31 47 41 50
D 12 16 16 21 26 30 39 39 51 63 23 31 31 40 49
6.0

6.0

S 21 32 27 34 29 21 32 27 34 36 26 40 34 42
D 13 13 16 20 23 30 30 39 48 18 24 24 31 38
6.5

6.5

S 23 29 25 18 27 23 29 31 22 34 29 36
D 13 16 18 24 24 31 38 14 19 19 24 30
7.0

7.0

S 20 25 21 15 23 20 25 26 19 29 25 31
D 10 13 14 19 19 25 30 11 15 15 20 24
7.5

7.5

S 22 18 13 20 18 22 17 25 22 27
D 10 12 15 15 20 25 12 12 16 20
8.0

8.0

S 12 18 15 19 19 24
D 13 13 17 20 13 16

* Y.S. = Yield Strength