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Steel and Composite Structures   Volume 1, Number 1, March 2001, pages 97-110
Behavior and design of structural steel pins
R.G. Bridge, T. Sukkar, I.G. Hayward and M. van Ommen(Australia)

Abstract     [Full Text]
    Architectural steel structures with visible tension and compression members are becomingrnmore prevalent as a popular form of construction that reflects the nature of the resistance to the appliedrnloads. These members require the use of structural steel pins at their ends to ensure either axial tensionrnor axial compression in the members. Structural pins have been used as a means of connection forrncenturies and it would appear that their behaviour is relatively well understood. However, the rules forrnthe design of pins vary quite considerably from code to code and this has caused some confusionrnamongst consulting structural engineers operating internationally. To provide some insight into thisrnproblem, a comprehensive testing program has been carried to examine the influence of parameters suchrnas pin diameter, material properties of the pin, thickness of the loading plates, material properties of thernloading plates and the distance of the pin to the edge of the loading plates. The modes of failure havernbeen carefully examined. Based on this study, modifications to current design procedures are proposedrnthat properly take into account the different possible modes of failure.
Key Words
    bearing; design; failure; pins; shear; steel structures; strength; tests.
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