Advanced Steel Construction

Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 59-76 (2013)



M. Gholami, M. Tehranizadeh* and A. Deylami

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

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Received: 23 November 2011; Revised: 10 December 2011; Accepted: 20 February 2012




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This study elucidates the behavior of flange plate connection between a steel beam and a welded box column. Four finite element models simulating an exteriorconnection were prepared and analyzed. On the basis of finite element results, two flange plate connection details which are the reinforcing plate length and plate-to-flange fillet weld geometry were improved. Then, two full-scale specimens with flange plate connections were tested using a standard connection requalification test protocol. The flange plate connections of test specimens achieved the AISC seismic provision requirements for special moment frames.



Connections, Flange plate, Box columns, Steel beam, Experimental program, Finite element analysis


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