Author: The Steel Construction Institute (SCI)
28 February 2014
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The Steel Construction Institute (SCI)
This article discusses connection behaviour, design methodology and the classifications given in BS EN 1993-1-8. Connection design for structural integrity and the use of preloaded assemblies are introduced. Challenges connected with multi-member or unorthodox connections are also discussed.
Modern building services cost up to three times as much as the structural steelwork in a typical commercial building. Steel frame design needs to be considered in the context of the overall building cost, where early design decisions concerning structural layouts have a significant impact on the building services.
This article focuses on light steel framing, which is becoming increasingly popular in a wide range of applications; used not only as secondary steelwork, but also as primary load-bearing elements.