Date of Graduation

5-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Civil Engineering

Advisor

Prinz, Gary

Reader

Hall, Kevin

Second Reader

Heymsfield, Ernie

Third Reader

Prinz, Gary

Abstract

Bolted beam-column connections are a common moment connection used in the design of steel buildings. Existing design guides include design parameters for bolt configurations having one bolt on either side of the beam web for each row of bolts. There is potential for increasing connection strength by adding additional bolts on the outside of these rows. This addition could be useful in retrofit scenarios, or even in the design of new structures. In this research, finite element analysis is used to analyze various beam-column connections and t-stub connections. The modeling methods, research process, and conclusions are explained in the thesis paper. The primary goal was to determine the usefulness of adding addition bolts to these connections, along with the effect of other components such as column web stiffeners, and extended endplates.

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