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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 56
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper IV.6

Finite Element Method for End-Plate Joints in Steel Frames

B. Bose, G.K. Youngson and S. Sarkar

School of Construction and Environment, University of Abertay Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom

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B. Bose, G.K. Youngson, S. Sarkar, "Finite Element Method for End-Plate Joints in Steel Frames", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Advances in Civil and Structural Engineering Computing for Practice", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 125-134, 1998. doi:10.4203/ccp.56.4.6
This paper presents an overview of a comprehensive investigation into semi-rigid connections in steel frames conducted at the University of Abertay Dundee for a number of years. Three-dimensional models of both flush and extended endplate joints, and T-stub joints have been developed and nonlinear finite element analysis of the various models have been carried out using either LUSAS or ABAQUS software package. A large number of full-scale tests of end-plate joints have been performed with the aim of validating the results of the numerical analyses. Many test specimens failed due to column web buckling. Using ABAQUS software package a nonlinear buckling analysis is presently being carried out. The progress of this analysis is reported in this paper.

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