Utilization of Experimentally Obtained Connection Data in Assessing the Performance of Steel Frames

by David A. Nethercot, Univ of Sheffield, Sheffield, England,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Connection Flexibility and Steel Frames


Data from over 70 separate experimental studies on steel beam to column connections are reviewed with particular reference to the joint's in-plane moment-rotation characteristic. More than 700 individual tests have been examined, of which less than 50 per cent are considered to be directly useful. The feasibility of using a computerised data-bank to store test descriptions and results and to undertake the curve-fitting operations necessary for the incorporation of connection flexibility into member and frame analysis procedures is demonstrated. Items where further testing is required are identified.

Subject Headings: Steel columns | Steel beams | Beam columns | Steel structures | Structural analysis | Structural behavior | Steel frames | Moment (mechanics)

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