The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 71 (1993) > Issues > Issue 23/24 > Steel Frames. Testing Steel Frames at Full Scale
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Steel Frames. Testing Steel Frames at Full Scale

The planning and conduct of a series of tests on five full-scale, multistorey steel frames is reported. Each frame was three storeys in height X two bays wide and was tested under gravity loading in a non-sway mode. Comprehensive measurements were taken at all stages of deformations and struins; these permitted full histories of member deflections, joint rotations, bending moment distribution and column loading to be constructed. Examination of these has enabled several important observations on the influence of realistic forms of beam-to-column connection on overall frame behaviour to be made. Comparisons with predictions of member strength according to BS 5950: Part 1 show signifcant reserves of strength to be present. D.B. Moore, Professor D.A. Nethercot and P.A. Kirby