The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 55 (1977) > Issues > Issue 10 > A Limit State Design Method for the Tension Region of Bolted Beam - Column Connections
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A Limit State Design Method for the Tension Region of Bolted Beam - Column Connections

A common means of forming a rigid joint between universal beam and column sections is to weld an end-plate to the beam end and then to bolt to the column flanges. Tests on models of he tension region of beam-column moment connections joined in this manner, and also complete joints, have shown that the behaviour of the beam tension flange force upon the end-plate and column flanges can be represented by isolated T-stubs. Typical modes of failure for this type ofjoint are discussed relative to experimental observations, and the yield-line method is then used to predict column flange and end-plate flexural yield loads. Good agreement was achieved with test results. A limit state design method is proposed for extended end-plate joints having four bolts in the tension region, and from which stiffening requirements can be readily assessed where necessary. J.A. Packer and L.J. Morris