chapter  9
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Columns are structural members in buildings carrying roof and floor loads to the foundations. A column stack in a multi-storey building is shown in Fig.9.1 (a). Columns primarily carry axial loads, but most columns are subjected to moment as well as axial load. Referring to the part floor plan in the figure, the internal column A is designed for predominantly axial load while edge columns B and corner column C are designed for axial load and appreciable moment.