Reference : Experimental and theoretical analysis of shear bolted connections for tubular structures
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Experimental and theoretical analysis of shear bolted connections for tubular structures
D'Antimo, Marina mailto [Université de Liège > Département ArGEnCo > HECE (Hydraulics in Environnemental and Civil Engineering) >]
Demonceau, Jean-François mailto [Université de Liège > Département ArGEnCo > Département ArGEnCo >]
Jaspart, Jean-Pierre mailto [Université de Liège > Département ArGEnCo > Adéquat. struct. aux exig. de fonct.& perfor. techn.-écon. >]
Latour, Massimo [> >]
Rizzano, Gianvittorio [> >]
Journal of Constructional Steel Research
Yes (verified by ORBi)
United Kingdom
[en] bolted connection ; shear connection ; long-bolt ; Local instability ; numerical simulation ; FEM ; validation ; analytical model ; code ; norm ; Eurocode ; shear resistance ; tube ; tubular members ; racking structures
[en] In this paper, numerical and experimental investigations devoted to the evaluation of the bearing resistance of tubular members with gusset plates and through-all long bolts are presented. Unlike lap shear joints, the analysed connection evidences a reduced confinement of the bearing area associated to the use of long bolts and the presence of a gap in the member, which can lead, consequently, to a reduction of the bearing resistance. In order to investigate the behaviour of shear connections made up of thin and thick SHS (Square Hollow Section) profiles and long bolts, an experimental test campaign including 24 specimens and FE simulations have been conducted. Both experimental and FE results have confirmed the influence of local instability on the hole in bearing resistance of thin profiles and the poor accuracy of the available standards for this particular joint typology. In particular, the performed comparisons have shown that, for thin profiles, EC3 model is likely to overestimate the resistance, while for higher thickness of the SHS conservative predictions are obtained. The present paper presents the conducted experimental and numerical investigations, highlighting at the end the need for a proper formulation able to account for the local instability effect on the bearing resistance.

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