Making the Connection

by Ayman S. Mossallam, P.E., (M.ASCE), Res. Prof.; California State Univ., Fullerton, CA,
P. R. Chackrabarti, P.E., (F.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; California State Univ., Fullerton, CA,
Michael Arnold, Asst. Dir. of Facilities; Pitzer Coll., Claremont, CA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1999, Vol. 69, Issue 4, Pg. 56-59

Document Type: Feature article


This article details the results of a pilot research project on the use of polymer composites and high-strength adhesives for the structural repair of damaged steel frame connections. The primary repair system developed consists of 3-D braided graphite/epoxy composite connectors attached to the flanges of both beams and columns by adhesives or bolts. Bolted and adhesively bonded conventional steel stiffeners were also covered.

Subject Headings: Adhesives | Steel frames | Rehabilitation | Connections (structural) | Beam columns | Synthetic materials | Structural steel

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