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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 58
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping and B. Kumar
Paper IV.1

Numerical Modelling of Semi-Rigid Boltless Connectors

F.D. Markazi*, R.G. Beale+ and M.H.R. Godley+

*Hi-Lo Manufacturing, London, England
+School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
F.D. Markazi, R.G. Beale, M.H.R. Godley, "Numerical Modelling of Semi-Rigid Boltless Connectors", in B.H.V. Topping, B. Kumar, (Editors), "Computer Techniques for Civil and Structural Engineering", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 59-64, 1999. doi:10.4203/ccp.58.4.1
The paper describes a finite element analysis of a boltless semi-rigid beam-end connector used in the storage rack industry. An elastic three-dimensional linear analysis of the connector was made and the results compared with experiments. The effects of different boundary conditions were investigated. Sub-models of the part of the upright in contact with the connection were made to determine the influence of upright behaviour on the moment-curvature relation. Comparisons with experimental results are made to validate the model. The paper also points out the variation in connection stiffness found by using different measurement positions.

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