Welded and Bolted Beam-to-Column Connections

by Jelle Witteveen, Prof. of Struct. Mechanics; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Delft Univ. of Tech., The Netherlands,
Jan W. B. Stark, Head; Dept. of Steel Structures of the Inst. TNO for Building Structures, Delft, The Netherlands,
Frans S.K. Bijlaard, Research Officer; Dept. of Steel Structures of the Inst. TNO for Building Materials and Building Structures, Delft. The Netherlands,
Piet Zoetemeijer, Research Officer; Stecin Lab., Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Delft Univ. of Tech. The Netherlands,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 2, Pg. 433-455

Document Type: Journal Paper


For many years research on welded and bolted beam-to-column connections has been carried out in The Netherlands, with particular emphasis on those connections which cannot transmit the full plastic moment. This concept allows for a wide range of moment distributions in non-sway frames, thus giving the possibility of optimizing the cost of the construction in balancing the material cost of the members against the labour cost of the connections. It will be evident that for unstiffened connections special precautions should be taken in order to avoid lack of rotation capacity and stiffness of the connections. The appropriate design rules for unstiffened welded connections are bolted connections in non-sway frames are discussed.

Subject Headings: Construction costs | Welded connections | Bolted connections | Beams | Columns | Moment distribution | Frames | Construction materials | Netherlands | Europe

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