Title page for ETD etd-090899-152136

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Ryan, John Christopher
Author's Email Address joryan2@vt.edu
URN etd-090899-152136
Title Evaluation of Extended End-Plate Moment Connections Under Seismic Loading
Degree Master of Science
Department Civil Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Murray, Thomas M. Committee Chair
Easterling, William Samuel Committee Member
Plaut, Raymond H. Committee Member
  • Cyclic Loading
  • End-Plate
  • Moment Connections
  • Metal Building Manufactures Association
Date of Defense 1999-09-01
Availability unrestricted
An experimental investigation was conducted to study the extended end-plate moment connections subjected to cyclic loading. Seven specimens representing three end-plate moment connection configurations commonly used in the pre-engineered building industry were used. The connections were designed using yield-line theory to predict end-plate yielding and the modified Kennedy method to predict maximum bolt force calculations including prying action. A displacement controlled loading history was used to load the specimens. The maximum moments obtained experimentally and the experimental bolt forces throughout loading were compared with analytical predictions and finite element model results. The inelastic rotation of connections was calculated and conclusions were drawn on the compliance of these connections with current AISC specifications.

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