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Steel and Composite Structures
  Volume 47, Number 3, May10 2023 , pages 315-337

Experimental investigations on resilient beam-column end-plate connection with structural fuse
Arunkumar Chandrasekaran and Umamaheswari Nambiappan

    The steel structure is an assembly of individual structural members joined together by connections. The connections are the focal point to transfer the forces which is susceptible to damage easily. It is challenging to replace the affected connection parts after an earthquake. Hence, steel plates are utilised as a structural fuse that absorbs connection forces and fails first. The objective of the present research is to develop a beam-column end plate connection with single and dual fuse and study the effect of single fuse, dual fuse and combined action of fuse and damper. In this research, seismic resilient beam-column end plate connection is developed in the form of structural fuse. The novel connection consists of one main fuse was placed horizontally and secondary fuse was placed vertically over main fuse. The specimens are fabricated with the variation in number of fuse (single and dual) and position of fuse (beam flange top and bottom). From the fabricated ten specimens five specimens were loaded monotonically and five cyclically. The experimental results are compared with Finite Element Analysis results of Arunkumar and Umamaheswari (2022). The results are critically assessed in the aspect of moment-rotation behaviour, strain in connection components, connection stiffness, energy dissipation characteristics and ductility. While comparing the performance of total five specimens, the connection with fuse exhibited superior performance than the conventional connection. An equation is proposed for the moment of resistance of end-plate connection without and with structural fuse.
Key Words
     damper; dual fuse; end-plate connection; seismic resilient; single fuse; structural fuse
Arunkumar Chandrasekaran and Umamaheswari Nambiappan:Department of Civil Engineering, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur, Chennai- 603203, India

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