## What Is Column?

**• **A compression member, i.e., column, is an important element of** every reinforced concrete** **structure**. These are used to transfer a load of superstructure to the foundation safely.

**• Mainly columns, struts, and pedestals are used as compression members in buildings, bridges, supporting systems of tanks, factories, and many more such structures.**

**• **A column is defined as a vertical compression member who is mainly subjected to the **effective length and axial loads of which exceeds three times its least lateral dimension.**

**• **The compression member whose **effective length is less than three times** its least lateral dimension is called Pedestal

**• **The compression member who is inclined or horizontal and is subjected to axial loads is called Strut. Struts are used in trusses.

**• **The function of columns is to transfer the load of the structure vertically downwards to transfer it to a foundation. Apart from the wall performs the following functions also:

(a) It encloses building areas into different compartments and provides privacy.

(b) It provides safety from burglary and insects.

(c) It keeps the building warm in cools in summer and winter.

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### Classification of Columns

A columns are classified based on different criteria such as:

**• ** Shapes of Cross-Section

**• **Material of Construction

**• **Type of Loading

**• **Slenderness Ratio

**• **Type of Lateral Reinforcement

**Shapes of Cross-Section**

• Square

• Circular

• T-Shape or L-Shape etc.

**Material of Construction**

• Timber Column

• Masonry Column

• R.C.C Column

• Steel Column

• Composite Column

**Type of Loading**

**• **Axially Loaded Column

**• **Eccentrically Loaded Column

**Slenderness Ratio**

**• **Long Column

**• **Short Column

**• **Intermediate Column

**What Is Short Column? | Short Column**

**• **When this ratio of **effective length to the least lateral dimensions** of **this column is less than** **12**, then it is knowns a short column.

(or)

**• **When this ratio of effective length to the least radius of gyration is less than 45, then it is called a short column

**• **When the length of the column is less as **compared to its c/s dimension**, it is called the Short column.

**• **Short Column

**• ** Le/r main < 50

Or,

**• **Le/d < 15

**• **Crushing Load: The load at which a short column fails by crushing is called a crushing load.

### What Is **Intermediate Column? | ****Intermediate Column**

**• **Column is Intermediate

**• 30d > L > 4d**

and

**• 100 > Le / r min > 30or** Critical slenderness ratio.

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### What Is Long Column? | Long Column

**• **When this ratio of **effective length** to the **least radius of gyration is greater than 45**, then it is called a** long column**.

**• **A long column is subjected to a bending moment in addition to** direct compressive stress**.

**• **The load-carrying capacity of **a long column is less than a short column**.

**• **The load-carrying capacity of **a long column depends upon slenderness ratio** (slenderness ratio increases then the capacity of the column decreases)

**• **When the length of a column is more as compared to its c/s dimension, it is called a long column.

**• Le/r min > 50**

**• **Where,

**• **Le. = Effective Length of Column

**• **r min = Minimum radius of gyration

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## Difference Between Short Column and Long Column

Sr.No. | Long Column | Short Column |
---|---|---|

1 | This column is considered to be long if the ratio of effective length of column to its least lateral dimension is greater than 12. | This column is considered to be short if the ratio of effective length to its least lateral dimension is less than or equal to 12. |

2 | The column, whose lateral dimension is very small when compared to its length (or height), is called as long column. | The column, whose lateral dimension is very large when compared to its length (or height), is called a short column. |

3 | It is generally fails by buckling. | It generally fails by crushing. |

4 | The slenderness ratio is greater than 45. | The slenderness ratio is less than 45. |

5 | As the height of column increases the load carrying capacity is less. | As the height of the column decreases the load-carrying capacity is more. |

6 | The Radius of gyration is less. | The radius of gyration is more. |

7 | Load carrying capacity is less. | Load-carrying capacity is more. |

8 | Long column is subjected to buckling stress | The short column is subjected to compressive stress. |

9 | Long and slender columns buckle easily. | The buckling tendency is very low. |

10 | The ratio of effective length of a long column to its least radius of gyration is greater than 40. | The ratio of the effective length of a short column to its least radius of gyration is less than or equal to 40. |

11 | The failure of the short column is by crushing. | The column generally fails in buckling. |

Also, read: What Is Lap Length | Lap Length of Column | Lap Length of Slab | Lap Length of Beam

**Type of Lateral Reinforcement **

**• **A column with Lateral Ties

**• **A column with Helical Ties

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## Failure Mode of Column

**• **A column can fail in one of three condition

**• **Compression failure of concrete or steel reinforcement

**• **Buckling

**• **Combination of compression and buckling failure

**• **Compression failure is likely to occur with columns that are short and stocky.

**• **Buckling is probable with a column which is long and slender

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