Journal article

Blind bolted moment connection to sides of hollow section columns

J Lee, HM Goldsworthy, EF Gad

JOURNAL OF CONSTRUCTIONAL STEEL RESEARCH | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2011

Abstract

This paper presents the results of an experimental programme for a new blind bolted connection to unfilled hollow section (HS) columns under static loading. In this connection, channels with side plates connect beam flanges to the side face of HS columns. This is a simple alternative connection to typical face connections, i.e. the extended endplate connection or the T-stub connection (with T-stubs connecting the top and bottom flanges of the beam to the face of the column). The channel side plate connection was found to be much stiffer than a typical face connection and has the potential to achieve a rigid connection status for braced frames according to the EC3 classifications. Comparison ..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)


Funding Acknowledgements

This research is supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Project No. LP0669334). The authors would like to acknowledge the invaluable contribution of the industry partners Dr Saman Fernando from Ajax Engineered Fasteners (the inventor of the original blind bolt technology) and Mr. Hayden Dagg from Australian Tube Mills. The authors also wish to thank Mr. Rodney Wilkie and Dr. Huang (Jack) Yao for their assistance with testing and Mr. David Heath for assisting with the photogrammetry surveys.