Continuing Education

Connections: The Last Bastion of Rational Design

Because of the widespread use of software for structural design, a well-known engineer in the UK once stated, "Any fool can design a structure. It takes an engineer to design a connection." This presentation focusses on the fundamental basis for connection design and includes the effects of mainframe design on connections, bolt and weld choices, analysis assumptions and reality, and the Lower Bound Theorem of Limit Analysis. Applications to selected shear, bracing, and moment connections are also presented.

This course is based on a past NASCC session.   

You must purchase and pass a quiz to receive a PDH certificate for this course.

  • Date: 4/1/2009 - 10/20/2016
  • PDH Credits: 1


William Thornton, PhD, PE


Connections: The Last Bastion of Rational Design