Author: Speare, R S
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Speare, R S
The use of composite action is now well established for steel members (beams and columns) and floors; it has also been introduced for novel forms of composite construction, e.g. doubleskin arrangements. However, the normal practice when designing beam-to-column connections in composite frames is to regard the connection as if it were bare steelwork. This ignores the increasing body of evidence that composite action can significantly influence the structural performance of the connections.
Professor D.A. Nethercot
Professor R. E Hobbs (F) (Imperial College)
I read the paper with great interest and followed the presentation with even greater interest. I have a couple of questions for the authors.
A study of previously reported investigations of the behaviour of reinforced concrete corners, reinforced with intersecting U-bars and subjected to moments causing tension on their inner faces, suggests that some of the more important parameters influencing their behaviour may not have received the attention they deserved.