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Steel and Composite Structures   Volume 22, Number 2, October10 2016, pages 411-427
Inelastic buckling and post-buckling behavior of gusset plate connections
Mohammad Ali Hadianfard and Ali Reza Khakzad

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    In this study, by using finite element non-linear static analysis and comparing it with experimental models, the buckling and post-buckling behavior of bracing gusset plates has been investigated. The effects of such parameters as dimension and thickness of the gusset plate and the influence of position of the bracing member on the behavior of gusset plate have been examined. The results of the analyses clearly suggest that capacity, buckling and post-buckling behaviors of gusset plates depend on the position of the bracing splice plate with respect to the free bending line as well as on the size and thickness of the gusset plate. Also, with respect to numerical analysis results, some practical graphs for the calculation of buckling capacity of gusset plate connections are presented. For steel structures, the proposed method is apparently more accurate than available code procedures.
Key Words
    steel structures; gusset plate; bracing splice plate; buckling; post-buckling; free bending line
(1) Mohammad Ali Hadianfard:
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Shiraz University of Technology, P.O. Box 71555-313 Shiraz, Iran;
(2) Ali Reza Khakzad:
Eram Higher Education Institute, Shiraz, Iran.

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