Column FAQs:

Q: Is a column a compression member?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a column extended by welding or bolting splice plates on the flanges and webs or walls of the columns to provide a few inches or feet of load transfer from the upper to the lower column section?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a column too long to be built or transported in one piece?

A: Yes, and it has to be extended or spliced at the construction site.

Q: Were columns developed in the ancient world?

A: Yes, but remained rare there.

Q: Were columns carved with a centre hole or depression so that they could be pegged together?

A: Yes, and using stone or metal pins.

Q: Was a column created by the sculptor Callimachus?

A: Yes, and probably an Athenian, who drew acanthus leaves growing around a votive basket.

Q: Is a column extended by having the steel reinforcing bars protrude a few inches or feet above the top of the concrete?

A: Yes, and then placing the next level of reinforcing bars to overlap, and pouring the concrete of the next level.

Q: Is a column usually extended by the use of a steel tube or wrapped-around sheet-metal plate bolted onto the two connecting timber sections?

A: Yes.

Q: Are columns generally built directly on top of concrete foundations?

A: Yes.

Q: Are columns "engaged"?

A: Yes, that is to say form part of a wall.

Q: Are columns standing?

A: Yes, and some being more than 30 metres tall.

Q: Are columns created out of multiple sections of stone?

A: Yes, and mortared or dry-fit together.

Q: Is a column reached is called the critical or buckling load?

A: Yes.

Q: Are columns among the heaviest stones used in architecture?

A: Yes.

Q: Were columns constructed of stone?

A: Yes, and some out of a single piece of stone.

Q: Are columns frequently used to support beams or arches on which the upper parts of walls or ceilings rest?

A: Yes.

Q: Are columns famously present in the Great Hypostyle Hall of Karnak?

A: Yes, where 134 columns are lined up in 16 rows, with some columns reaching heights of 24 metres.

Q: Is a column sometimes associated with academic buildings?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a column almost always fluted?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a column inversely proportional to the square of its length?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a column not concentric?

A: Yes, that is, its line of action is not precisely coincident with the centroidal axis of the column, the column is characterized as eccentrically loaded.

Q: Were columns used on the second level of the Colosseum?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a column considerably more complex than the Doric or Tuscan?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a column experiencing inelastic buckling?

A: Yes.