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Steel and Composite Structures
  Volume 2, Number 2, April 2002 , pages 147-160

Cyclic tests on bolted steel and composite double-sided beam-to-column joints
Dan Dubina, Adrian Liviu Ciutina, Aurel Stratan

    TThis paper summarises results of the research performed at the Department of Steel Structures and Structural Mechanics from the \"Politehnica\" University of Timisoara, Romania, in order to evaluate the performance of beam-to-column extended end plate connections for steel and composite joints. It comprises laboratory tests on steel and composite joints, and numerical modelling of joints, based on tests. Tested joints are double-sided, with structural elements realised of welded steel sections. The columns are of cruciform cross-section, while the beams are of I section. Both monotonic and cyclic loading, symmetrically and antisymmetrically, has been applied. On the basis of tested joints, a refined computer model has been calibrated using a special connection element of the computer code DRAIN 2DX. In this way, a static/dynamic structural analysis of framed structures with real characteristics of the beam to column joints is possible.
Key Words
    beam-to column joints, steel joints, composite joints, experimental tests, ductility, resistance, joint modelling; structural analysis.
Department of Steel Structures and Structural Mechanics, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture,rnPolitehnica University of Timisoara, I. Curea nr.1, Timisoara 1900, Romania

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