Bolted Splice Connections with Undeveloped Fillers

by Joseph A. Yura, (M.ASCE), Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., The Univ. of Texas, Austin, Tex. 78712,
Mikkel A. Hansen, (A.M.ASCE), Civ. Engr. II; Central Offshore Engrg. Dept., Texaco, New Orleans, La.,
Karl H. Frank, (A.M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., The Univ. Of Texas, Austin, Tex.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 12, Pg. 2837-2849

Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: The use of undeveloped filler plates has a definite influence on the loading and deformation behavior of bolted splice joints. Two replicate tests were completed on each of five different filler plate assemblages. Bolted splice joints were tested with fillers ranging from 0 - 0.75 in. (0 - 19.05 mm) in thickness. Single-ply and multi-ply fillers were used. Deformations, slip loads, and ultimate loads were studied for the filler combinations. Increasing the thickness of undeveloped fillers causes a significant increase in the deformation at maximum load but only a slight decrease in ultimate load. Comparison of test results to the AASHTO and AISC specifications are made along with recommendations for design.

Subject Headings: Ultimate loads | Load factors | Bolted connections | Maximum loads | Deformation (mechanics) | Plates | Joints | Thickness |

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