ELASTIC BUCKLING STRENGTH OF GUSSET PLATE CONNECTIONS

Authors
  1. Cheng, J.J.R.
  2. Yam, C.H.
  3. Hu, C.H.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Atlantic, Dartmouth NS (CAN);Alberta Univ, Edmonton ALTA (CAN) Dept of Civil Engineering
Abstract
To investigate the elastic compressive behaviour of gusset plate connections, eight tests are performed with gussed plate thickness, gusset plate size, and out-of-plane restraint of the diagonal bracing member as test parameters. The effects of the framing members on the gusset plate are neglected in the testing program. It is found that the primary failure, mode of gusset plate connections loaded in compression is gusset plate buckling. The buckling can be classified as sway buckling and local buckling depending on the out-of-plane restraint of the diagonal bracing member. The elastic buckling strength of the specimens is affected significantly by the gusset plate thickness and the out-of-plane restraint of the bracing member. The finite element analysis by the program ANSYS gives reasonable predictions of the buckling strength of the gusset plate connection. A parametric study was performed using ANSYS. It is found from the parametric study that the splicing member should always be extended towards the beam and column boundary as close as possible in order to improve the buckling strength of the connection. The parametric study also indicates that with increasing the thickness of the splice plate, the buckling strength of the gusset plate increases significantly. Therefore, the use of tee-sections or back to back as the splicing member is recommended.
Date of publication
01 Jan 1990
Number of Pages
46
DSTKIM No
94-00769
CANDIS No
136306
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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