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)

0.0180 0.94 33 0.0344 0.0405 0.0264 25.9 6.5 52.0 8.83
0.0180 0.94 50 0.0324 0.0382 0.0242 39.2 9.8 78.7 13.4
0.0180 0.94 80 0.0312 0.0373 0.0233 47.1 11.8 94.5 16.1
0.0240 1.23 33 0.0477 0.0574 0.0420 48.6 12.1 96.4 16.4
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)

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

2.0

S 122 173 200 169 143 205 240 203 179 256 300 254
D 384 352 339 611 922 845 815 1466 726 665 642 1154
2.5

2.5

S 78 111 128 108 92 131 153 130 114 164 192 162
D 197 180 174 313 472 433 417 751 372 341 328 591
3.0

3.0

S 54 77 89 75 64 91 107 90 79 114 133 113
D 114 104 101 181 273 250 241 434 215 197 190 342
3.5

3.5

S 40 57 65 55 47 67 78 66 58 84 98 83
D 72 66 63 114 172 158 152 274 135 124 120 215
4.0

4.0

S 30 43 50 42 36 51 60 51 45 64 75 63
D 48 44 42 76 115 106 102 183 91 83 80 144
4.5

4.5

S 24 34 40 33 28 40 47 40 35 51 59 50
D 34 31 30 54 81 74 72 129 64 58 56 101
5.0

5.0

S 19 28 32 27 23 33 38 32 29 41 48 41
D 25 23 22 39 59 54 52 94 46 43 41 74
5.5

5.5

S 16 23 26 22 19 27 32 27 24 34 40 34
D 18 17 16 29 44 41 39 70 35 32 31 56
6.0

6.0

S 14 19 22 19 16 23 27 23 20 28 33 28
D 14 13 13 23 34 31 30 54 27 25 24 43

* Y.S. = Yield Strength