HSS Spreadsheet Design Aids

HSS Professional Membership includes access to HSS-specific connection spreadsheet design aids.  Each of the four spreadsheets offered calculates the available connection strength per the AISC 360-22 Specification, including pertinent limit state calculations and corresponding limits of applicability checks.  With a few inputs of connection geometry and loading, these design aids will output the connection capacity compared with the maximum load combination.  The narrative tabs offer guidance in using the spreadsheets and outline calculation assumptions.

The HSS spreadsheet design aids include:

Moment connection of wide flange beam to HSS column

Moment Connection of Wide Flange Beam to HSS Column - spreadsheet

This spreadsheet calculates the capacity of three types of HSS moment connections: Directly Welded, Beam Over HSS Column, and Through-Plate. Refer to the Shear Connection spreadsheet to determine connection available strength for the shear portion of the connection design.

Truss connections

Truss Connections - spreadsheet

This spreadsheet calculates the capacity of T-, Y-, Cross- and K- HSS truss connections per AISC 360-22. The K-connection tab works for both gapped and overlapped conditions. The T-, Y-, and Cross-connection tab will calculate up to 4 branches at a single node.    

Shear connection of a wide flange beam to HSS column

Shear Connection of a Wide Flange Beam to HSS Column - spreadsheet

This spreadsheet calculates the capacity of single plate shear connections to HSS columns per the extended configuration guidelines in Part 10 of the 14th Edition Steel Manual in conjunction with AISC 360-22.

Column design aid

Column Design Aid - spreadsheet

This spreadsheet calculates the axial, shear, and bending capacity of a composite HSS column section filled with concrete per AISC 360-22 Chapter I. The summary tab shows the inputs, capacity, and interaction while the calculations tab clearly shows all calculations performed.     

Access to the HSS Spreadsheet Design Aids require an HSS Professional Membership.

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Additional Resources

HSS Effective Weld Length Calculator

Calculate the effective weld length properties for connections to HSS chords for various connection types.

HSS and WF Column Selection Guide

This free guide pairs W-shapes with HSS shapes to quickly compare axial compression strength, nominal section weight, and more.

HSS Design Manuals

Access our series of technical HSS design manuals complete with examples, written for and by structural engineers.

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