Location of Plastic Hinges in Axially Loaded Steel Members
New Zealand and Australian steel structure design standards contain equations to encourage yielding at the ends of steel members rather than along their lengths. This paper evaluates the accuracy of these equations using a commercially available computer program as well as an analytical procedure. The analytical procedure considers non-linear geometric effects and material effects of the member stiffness by considering stability functions in conjunction with residual stress effects. New equations to prevent yielding away from the member ends, which are less conservative than the current code equations, are developed. Simplifications of these equations being considered for adoption into the New Zealand steel structure design standard are described.