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CFS Short Course

25th Short Course on Cold-Formed Steel Structures

October 24-26, 2017
St. Louis, MO

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About the Course

The course is designed to benefit both engineers that are unfamiliar with cold-formed steel design and engineers experienced with cold-formed steel design. For engineers unfamiliar with cold-formed steel design the course is structured to provide an introduction to the behavior of cold-formed steel members and connections and how that behavior is addressed by the AISI Specification. For engineers experienced with cold-formed steel design, the course is intended to strengthen their understanding of the fundamental behavior of both members and connections, as well as provide a better understanding of cold-formed steel design. Both commercial and residential applications of cold-formed steel will be discussed.

The technical program is structured to discuss the many applications of cold-formed steel members to include, wall studs, floor joists, purlins, girts, decks and panels.

Texts and References

Lectures will be based on information contained in the current AISI North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members. The text Cold-Formed Steel Design, 4th edition, by Wei-Wen Yu and Roger A. LaBoube, will also serve as a course reference. Course notes will be provided.


Roger LaBoube, PhD, PE; Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology and Director of Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures

Sutton Stephens, PhD, PE, SE; Chief Engineer (Retired-Advisor) at Pacific Northwest Engineering, Inc.


Tuesday, October 24
8:00 Registration
8:20 Welcome
8:30 Mechanical Properties of Steel and Effect of Cold-Work of Forming
9:30 Break
10:00 Local Buckling and Postbuckling Strength of Thin Flat Elements
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Tension Members
2:00 Break
2:30 Flexural Members - Bending Strength, Lateral-Torsional Buckling and Deflection
4:00 Flexural Members – Combined Bending and Torsion
5:00 Adjourn for the day

Wednesday, October 25
8:00 Flexural Members – Distortional Buckling and Web Design
9:30 Break
10:00 Compression Members - Flexural, Torsional and Flexural-Torsional Buckling
11:00 Built-up Member Design
Noon Lunch
1:00 Bracing Requirements
3:00 Break
3:30 Compression Members - Distortional Buckling
4:30 Design Based on Test Results
5:00 Adjourn for the day

Thursday, October 26
8:00 Combined Loading
9:00 Direct Strength Method
10:00 Break
10:30 Connections
Noon Lunch
1:00 Light Steel Framing Standards
2:30 Break
3:00 Framing Standards Applications
4:00 Shear Wall Design (Sutton)
5:00 Closing comments

Location and Accommodations

The course will be held at the Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch, 2 South 4th Street in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. This historic property is located just around the corner form the Gateway Arch and just a few blocks from many other downtown and riverfront attractions. Amenities include a free hot breakfast, a free "kickback" each evening with a rotating menu of hot foods and cold beverages, and free wireless internet access.

The special room rate for this course is $115.00 per night. Reservations may be made online by visiting, then entering the Group Number of 2306505. Reservations may also be made by calling 1-800-325-0720 and referring to the Group Number of 2306505. The lodging deadline is Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Registration and Fee

The registration fee of $1095.00 per person includes texts and references as specified above, course notes and three lunches (exclusive of room and board). To register online, please click here. Payment by check, purchase/money order or credit card information will also be accepted by regular mail. To access the course flyer with registration form, please click here. Advance registration is requested and should be completed prior to October 10, 2017.

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