Title: Internal flange stiffened moment connections with low-damage capability under seismic loading
Authors: Chou, Chung-Che
Lo, Sheng-Wei
Liou, Gin-Show
Department of Civil Engineering
Keywords: IFS steel moment connection;Low-damage capability;Test;Finite element analysis
Issue Date: 1-Aug-2013
Abstract: This study presents the seismic performance of steel moment connections using internal flange stiffeners (IFSs) welded at the face of the wide-flange column and inner side of the beam flange. The objective is to develop a steel moment connection that can achieve good seismic performance with low-damage capability during a large earthquake loading and minimize the repair cost. Four large-scale moment connections were tested to validate the cyclic performance. One connection which represented a welded-unreinforced flange-bolted web connection failed before finishing cyclic tests at a drift of 4%. Three IFS moment connections showed excellent performance and low damage after experiencing the AISC seismic load twice up to the target drift of 4%, without strength reduction. The specimens were also modeled using the computer program ABAQUS to further verify the effectiveness of the IFS in transferring beam moment to the column and to investigate potential sources of connection failure. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcsr.2013.04.005
ISSN: 0143-974X
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcsr.2013.04.005
Volume: 87
Begin Page: 38
End Page: 47
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