Experimental behavior of bolted angles and beam-to-column connections

Thierry Beland, Cameron Bradley, Jessalyn Nelson, Ali Davaran, Eric M. Hines, Robert Tremblay, Larry A. Fahnestock

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Low-ductility braced steel frames are widely used in moderate seismic regions of North America. A research project has been initiated to examine the possible benefits of considering the moment resistance of beam-to-column connections in the gravity load-carrying system to provide such braced frame building structures with minimum dependable lateral reserve capacity. Beam-to-column moment connections are constructed using top and seat angles acting together with beam web clip angles. A first test program has been developed to characterize the inelastic behavior of individual angles subjected to monotonic and cyclic demands. Test results are presented to illustrate the influence of several parameters, including the angle geometry and the loading sequence. A second test program has been undertaken to examine the cyclic inelastic response of the proposed beam-to-column joints. The test program is described and joint rotation capacity predictions based on individual angle test results are presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStructures Congress 2014 - Proceedings of the 2014 Structures Congress
EditorsGlenn R. Bell, Matt A. Card
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780784413357
StatePublished - 2014
EventStructures Congress 2014 - Boston, United States
Duration: Apr 3 2014Apr 5 2014

Publication series

NameStructures Congress 2014 - Proceedings of the 2014 Structures Congress


OtherStructures Congress 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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