A Comparison of the Cyclic Performance of Bolted and Riveted Connections

by Roberto Leon,
Charles W. Roeder,
F. Robert Preece,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Natural Hazards Mitigation


As part of a larger project to investigate the performance of older steel frames, a comparative study of bolted and riveted T-stub connections was conducted. The study included connections with A307 black bolts, A325 torqued bolts, and A502 rivets. These tests indicate that many of the advantages ascribed to riveted connections under monotonic loads, such as negligible slip and high stiffness, may be lost rather rapidly under severe cyclic loads. One of the beneficial effects of concrete encasement in this type of joint is the limiting effect that they have on riveted connection slip.

Subject Headings: Bolted connections | Load tests | Comparative studies | Rivets | Steel structures | Steel frames | Joints | Building design

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