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Night School 15 - Fundamentals of Connection Design

Based the the 2016 AISC Specification and Steel Construction Manual, 15th Ed.

The Fundamentals of Connections Design, based on the 2016 AISC Specification and Steel Construction Manual, 15th Ed., provides an overview of typical connections including advantages and disadvantages of each connection type, a review of member, bolt and weld limit states, design methodologies for shear, moment and brace connections and design examples. Connection types included are shear end-plate, double angle, single angle, shear tab, tee, and seated connections, flange welded-web bolted, flange plate-web bolted, flange teestub-web bolted, and end-plate moment connections,  bracing connections and seismic connections.

Sessions

Session 1 - October 3: Fundamental Concepts, Part 1

Presented by Tom Murray

This live webinar provides an overview of basic connection types including tension, compression, framing, and moment connections. Classification of beam-to-column connections are discussed, followed by a review of limit states in the load path. Bolt related limit states and detailing are reviewed with discussions on different types of bolts, bolt installation, bolt shear strength, and combined shear plus tension strength. Basic fillet weld related limit states are also discussed.

Session 2 - October 10: Fundamental Concepts, Part 2

Presented by Tom Murray

This live webinar discusses eccentric bolted and welded connections, direct loaded tension connections, block shear, the Whitmore Section, and light bracing connections. Beam bearing and column base plate design is also discussed.  Design examples are presented to demonstrate concepts.

Session 3 - October 17: Shear Connections, Part 1

Presented by Tom Murray

This live webinar provides an overview of various types of shear connections, including the advantages and disadvantages of each. Design considerations for shear connections, a review of limit states for block shear and flexural strength in coped beams are presented. Shear end-plate and double angle connection designs are also discussed. Design examples are presented to demonstrate the concepts. 

Session 4 - October 24: Shear Connections, Part 2

Presented by Tom Murray

This live webinar covers single plate connection design, including both conventional and extended single plate connections. The differences between the two are contrasted in design examples. The design of single angle connections, stiffened and unstiffened seated connections are also discussed. The presentation of stiffened seated connections includes a discussion on a simplified approach. 

Session 5 - November 7: Moment Connections, Part 1

Presented by Tom Murray

This live webinar covers wind and low seismic moment connection design. Various moment connections are discussed including flange welded-web bolted connections, flange plate welded-web bolted connections, and flange plate bolted-web bolted connections. Column side limit states are discussed, along with a complete design example.

Session 6 - November 14: Moment Connections, Part 2

Presented by Tom Murray

This live webinar covers the basics of prying as needed for the design of connections where prying forces are a concern. Tee-stub-web bolted moment connections and end-plate moment connections are discussed.  Column side limit states for these connections are presented. Design examples are included. 

Session 7 - November 28: Introduction to Seismic Connections

Presented by Matt Eatherton

This live webinar provides an overview of seismic connections for engineers that don’t typically perform seismic design.  Concepts about ductile mechanisms and capacity design are presented.  Qualification requirements for special and intermediate moment frame connections will be discussed in addition to an introduction to the nine connection types that have been prequalified.  Requirements for concentrically braced frames will be discussed.

Session 8 - December 5: Bracing Connections and More

Presented by Tom Murray

This live webinar presents information on light and heavy bracing connections and discusses the differences and similarities between the two. Typical details for light and heavy connections are presented. Member, bolt and weld limit states are reviewed. The presentation also demonstrates the use of the Uniform Force Method for designing bracing connections.  Poor designs and field problems are described.

 

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Quiz Answers

View answers to Night School 15 quizzes.

Quiz 1: 1. d, 2. c, 3. d, 4. c, 5. d, 6. b, 7. a, 8. c, 9. a, 10. b Quiz 1 PDF
Quiz 2: 1. d, 2. a, 3. a, 4. b, 5. c, 6. c, 7. b, 8. d, 9. b, 10. b Quiz 2 PDF
Quiz 3: 1. a, 2. c, 3. a, 4. c, 5. d, 6. d, 7. a, 8. d, 9. b, 10. c Quiz 3 PDF
Quiz 4: 1. d, 2. c, 3. c, 4. a, 5. d, 6. a, 7. b, 8. c, 9. b, 10. a Quiz 4 PDF
Quiz 5: 1. c, 2.d , 3. a, 4. c, 5. b, 6. c, 7. d, 8. b, 9. a, 10. d Quiz 5 PDF
Quiz 6: 1. b, 2. d, 3. b, 4. c, 5. c, 6. b, 7. d, 8. a, 9. b, 10. a Quiz 6 PDF
Quiz 7: 1. b, 2. a, 3. b, 4. a, 5. b, 6. d, 7. a, 8. c, 9. d, 10. d Quiz 7 PDF
Quiz 8: 1. b, 2. d, 3. a, 4. b, 5. c, 6. a, 7. c, 8. d, 9. b, 10. c Quiz 8 PDF

Final Exam:
Part 1: 1. j, 2. g, 3. f, 4. a, 5. c, 6. b, 7. e, 8. h, 9. d, 10. i
Part 2: 1. e, 2. d, 3. h, 4. i, 5. c, 6. a, 7. j, 8. g, 9. f, 10. b
Part 3: 1. h, 2. e, 3. g, 4. b, 5. i, 6. j, 7. c, 8. f, 9. a, 10. d

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

  

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Night School 14: Fundamentals of Stability

Written and Presented by Members of the Structural Stability Research Council (SSRC)
Summer 2017 Course

The high-strength and stiffness-to-weight ratios of structural steels make them ideal design materials. Throw a consideration for economy into the mix, and the result often includes relatively slender members and systems in which structural stability is of primary concern. In fact, a quick review of any steel specification will convince you of the need to know at least the fundamentals. With this in mind, this 8-session, 12-hour course will present an overview of the behavior of compression, flexural and beam-column members as well as an introduction to system stability. In addition, the behavior and design of bracing intended to resist such failure modes will be presented.

Note - this is the same program as Night School 2, from 2013.

Sessions

Session 1: June 5 - Course Introduction and Behavior of Compression Members

Presented by Ronald D. Ziemian, PE, PhD

This lecture will begin with a brief overview of the 8-lecture course. The behavior of compression members will then be covered. The assumptions in the solution to the Euler column problem will be used as a basis for systematically moving from the theoretical solution presented in 1759 to the modern day methods of design and analysis of compression members. Emphasis will be placed on the effects of material yielding accentuated by the presence of residual stresses, initial imperfections, and end conditions. The flexural buckling strength of members without slender elements will be covered and ultimately presented in the form of column curves.

Session 2: June 12 - Design of Compression Members

Presented by Perry Green, PE, PhD

Initially, an overview of flexural, torsional, and flexural-torsional resistance of individual column members will be provided. Emphasis then will be placed on defining and assessing the AISC LRFD and ASD strengths of various structural shapes, including wide flange, round and square HSS, cruciform, equal and unequal single and double leg angles, WT, channel, and built-up shapes.

Session 3: June 26 - Behavior of Flexural Members

Presented by Ronald D. Ziemian, PE, PhD

Using an approach similar to that employed in Session 1, this lecture will begin by presenting and dissecting the solution to the differential equation that defines the elastic lateral torsional buckling (LTB) strength of beams. Related flexural and torsional concepts, including the benefits of warping resistance, will be briefly reviewed. The assumption of elastic behavior will then be relaxed to define the inelastic LTB and plastic moment capacities of flexural members. The strength of beams without slender elements will be covered and ultimately presented in the form of beam resistance curves.

Session 4: July 10 - Design of Flexural Members

Presented by Todd Helwig, PE, PhD

This lecture will focus on the design of flexural members for the pertinent stability limit states. Solutions for the effects of moment gradient and load position will be covered including moment gradient factors for a variety of common design situations. This lecture will include material pertinent to both rolled sections as well as built-up members. Efficient use of the design aids in the AISC manual will be addressed as well as methods for the preliminary sizing of built-up girders.

Session 5: July 17 - Stability of Structural Systems

Presented by Ronald D. Ziemian, PE, PhD

This lecture will begin with a review of basic concepts related to the stability of structural systems. With an eye towards design, the difference between a bifurcation or critical load analysis and the loss in stiffness due to second-order effects and material yielding, as the maximum resistance of physical structures is approached, will be emphasized. The lecture will conclude with an overview of the direct analysis and effective length methods.

Session 6: July 24 - Design of Members Subject to Compression and Flexure

Presented by Donald W. White, PE, PhD

This lecture will begin with an overview of the fundamental stability behavior of beam-column members. The discussion then will focus on the background to and use of beam-column interaction equations in the AISC Specification Section H1.3 for compact I-section members loaded in major-axis bending within the plane of a frame. Efficient and economical design of rolled W-section beam-columns using the AISC Manual Section 6 design aids will be addressed. The session will close with a focus on advanced procedures, sanctioned within the commentary of the AISC Specifications, that allow the designer to account for substantial increases in the strength of WT and other singly-symmetric beam-column members.

Session 7: July 31 - Fundamental Concepts of Bracing Compression and Flexural Members

Presented by Todd Helwig, PE, PhD

This lecture will focus on the fundamental behavior related to bracing of compression and flexural members. The dual criteria of stiffness and strength will be covered. The effects of imperfections on brace forces will be addressed, along with the impact of connection flexibility and cross-sectional distortion on the effectiveness of the bracing. An overview of the different classifications of bracing including relative, nodal, continuous, and lean-on bracing will be provided.

Session 8: August 7 - Design of Bracing Compression and Flexural Members

Presented by Joseph A. Yura, PE, PhD

This lecture will emphasize the design requirements for column and beam systems. Several design examples will be provided that demonstrate the effective use of the AISC Specification Appendix 6 provisions. These examples will include relative, nodal, and lean-on applications. The uses of the provisions covered in the specification appendix as well as modifications covered in the specification commentary will be addressed.

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Quiz Answers

View answers to Night School 14 quizzes.

Quiz 1: 1. a, 2. c, 3. a, 4. e, 5. b, 6. c, 7. e, 8. d, 9. b, 10. d
Quiz 2: 1. c, 2. c, 3. e, 4. d, 5. b, 6. b, 7. d, 8. a, 9. e, 10. b
Quiz 3: 1. e, 2. d, 3. c, 4. a, 5. e, 6. d, 7. b, 8. b, 9. b, 10. c
Quiz 4: 1. a, 2. a, 3. d, 4. b, 5. c 6. d, 7. d, 8. c, 9. b, 10. b
Quiz 5: 1. d, 2. e, 3. d, 4. e, 5. c, 6. e, 7. e, 8. b, 9. g, 10. b
Quiz 6: 1. d, 2. e, 3. e, 4. b, 5. c, 6. b. 7. c, 8. a, 9. d, 10. c
Quiz 7: 1. c, 2. d, 3. c, 4. b, 5. d, 6. b, 7. d, 8. c, 9. d, 10. a
Quiz 8: 1. b, 2. e, 3. a, 4. b, 5. a, 6. b, 7. b, 8. b, 9. a, 10. a
Final Exam: 1. e, 2. a, 3. c, 4. e, 5. c, 6. a, 7. d, 8. e, 9. b, 10. d, 11. b, 12. d, 13. b, 14. b, 15. a, 16. a, 17. c, 18. b, 19. b, 20. d, 21. a, 22. b, 23. b, 24. a

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