Cyclic Behavior and Seismic Design of Steel Base Plates

by Abolhasan Astaneh-Asl, Univ of California, Berkeley, United States,
Gus Bergsma, Univ of California, Berkeley, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Natural Hazards Mitigation


The objectives of this study were to conduct realistic experiments to understand cyclic behavior of steel column base plates and to develop seismic design recommendations. Six specimens of steel column base plates were tested and their behavior and the collected data were analyzed. The study indicated that base plates designed following the current specifications can behave in a very ductile manner if crushing of the grout and tension fracture of the anchor bolts are avoided.

Subject Headings: Seismic design | Steel plates | Cyclic strength | Seismic tests | Structural analysis | Structural behavior | Earthquake resistant structures | Steel structures

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