automatic procedure to check steel connections according to EN1993-1-8

luis borges et sebastien bouron

tracés n° 03, 16 février 2011

Retrofit of existing steel buildings often requires strengthening of the connection regions. One common connection, the bolted beam-column connection, is often strengthened in design using stiffened extended endplates, or with continuity plates welded between the column flanges. In a retrofit scenario, adding stiffeners to the endplate is difficult due to the concrete slab and metal deck, and excessive field welding of continuity plates may be uneconomical...