Moment-Rotation Behavior of Pultruded Beam-to-Column Connections

by J. T. Mottram, Warwick Univ, Coventry, United Kingdom,
A. J. Bass, Warwick Univ, Coventry, United Kingdom,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structures Congress XII


Presented are experimental details and results of five tests carried out to study the moment-rotation behavior of flange cleated connections for frames of pultruded members. The full-sized beam-to-column connections have been based on practice in steelwork, with modifications to account for the characteristics of the material. Three tests continue the major-axis work in the USA but with a number of differences. The test setup represented beams connected to an internal column. Adhesive bonding was used in the connection assembly to increase its initial stiffness. Two of the tests treated bending about the minor-axis. The tests will be used to analyze braced frames accounting for joint behavior. This will contribute to design recommendations for connections and the overall frame.

Subject Headings: Structural behavior | Steel structures | Connections (structural) | Beams | Steel frames | Steel columns | Beam columns | United States

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