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Discussion Test of a Fully Continuous Multi-storey Frame of High Yield Steel by R.F. Smith and E.H. Roberts

Professor J. Heyman: There is an enormous amount of new material in this paper and it is going to take us a long time to assimilate it. I would like to make one or two broad comments and not discuss the detailed results. One of the most interesting features is the use of realistic flexible joints rather than the rigid joints that were used in the previous tests. If I can summarize the test results, the beam behaviour using the flexible joints accorded pretty well with the predictions of the Joint Committee’s report, the behaviour of the columns was not so close, but the ultimate collapse loads reached by the columns were certainly on the right side-the Joint Committee’s method was conservative. All of these observations, while differing in degree, were in fact results repeated from the previous test with the rigid joints.