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Structural Engineering and Mechanics
  Volume 89, Number 2, January25 2024 , pages 155-170

Investigation of the effect of bolt diameter and end plate thickness change on bolt column-beam connection
Samet Oğuzhan Doğan, Şenol Gürsoy and Ramazan Özmen

    Several types of column-beam connections are used in the design of steel structures. This situation causes different cross-section effects and, therefore, different displacements and deformations. In other words, connection elements such as welds, bolts, continuity plates, end plates, and stiffness plates used in steel column-beam connections directly affect the section effects. This matter reveals the necessity of knowing the steel column-beam connection behaviours. In this article, behaviours of bolted column-beam connection with end plate widely used in steel structures are investigated comparatively the effects of the stiffness plates added to the beam body, the change in the end plate thickness and bolt diameter. The results obtained reveal that the moment and force carrying capacity of the said connection increases with the increase in the end plate thickness and bolt diameter. In contrast, it causes the other elements to deform and lose their capacity. This matter shows that optimum dimensions are very important in steel column-beam connections. In addition, it has been seen that adding a stiffness plate to the beam body part positively contributes to the connection's moment-carrying capacity.
Key Words
    bolted connections; column-beam connection; finite element method; steel structures
Samet Oğuzhan Doğan, Şenol Gürsoy: Department of Civil Engineering, Karabük University, 78050 Karabük, Turkey
Ramazan Özmen: Department of Mechatronics Engineering, Karabük University, 78050 Karabük, Turkey

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