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Night School 16 - Seismic Design in Steel: Concepts and Examples

Based the the 2010 AISC Seisimic Provision and Seismic Design Manual, 2nd Ed.

This course is intended to provide engineers with guidance so that they are ready to apply the AISC seismic design requirements correctly and efficiently on typical projects in regions of moderate or high seismicity. The course includes conceptual treatment of the principles of seismic design so that engineers understand the intent and basis of the AISC requirements, as well as a long design example that provides more specific guidance on typical application. 

Sessions

Presented by Rafael Sabelli, SE

This session includes:

  • Discussion of earthquakes as a significant load case
  • Review of structural dynamics as related to seismic response
  • Review of response spectrum as a way to characterize seismic demand
  • Review of the benefits of system ductility
  • Review of steel ductility and how it can be used to create system ductility
  • Review of steel lateral systems
Presented by Rafael Sabelli, SE

This session includes:

  • Presentation of moment-frame intended behavior and source of inelastic drift.
  • Presentation of moment-frame analysis issues.
  • Discussion of moment-frame connection testing and lessons learned after the Northridge earthquake.
  • Treatment of connection design
  • Discussion of member stability
Presented by Rafael Sabelli, SE

This session includes:

  • Presentation of braced-frame configurations.
  • Discussion of behavior of braced frames in earthquakes and in testing.
  • Detailed treatment of brace behavior in tension and compression.
  • Overview of configuration-related issues
  • Discussion of the behavior of beam-column-gusset connection assemblies at large drifts and related design approaches.
  • Treatment of design issues for gusset plates and connection analysis
Presented by Rafael Sabelli, SE

This session includes:

  • Presentation of the formal relationship of codes in the US.
  • Explanation of the basic concepts employed in code- seismic design, such as seismic design category, maximum considered earthquake, importance factor, etc.
  • Explanation of general analysis and design requirements.
  • Discussion of detailed systems (designed using the AISC Seismic Provisions) and non-detailed systems (designed using only the AISC Specification).
  • Treatment of wind-vs.-seismic comparison issues.
  • Discussion of irregularities
  • Discussion of issues related to base plates
  • Discussion of issues related to diaphragms, including the alternative design procedures in ASCE 7 2016
Presented by Rafael Sabelli, SE

This session includes:

  • Presentation of design example steps
  • System selection
  • Configuration selection
  • Base-shear determination, including  wind vs seismic comparison
  • Determination of Irregularities
  • Presentation of load combinations, including determination of redundancy and identifying load combination extents (i.e., which elements get Omegified)
Presented by Rafael Sabelli, SE

This session includes:

Analysis

  • Review of analysis types and applicability
  • Presentation of structural model, including moment releases and effective stiffness
  • Discussion of second-order effects in the analysis
  • Presentation of drift calculation and check

Diaphragms

  • Determination of building-analysis forces, including via semi-rigid diaphragm modeling
  • Discussion of capacity-design forces
  • Design of members at diaphragm openings
Presented by Rafael Sabelli, SE

This session includes:

  • Presentation of system/connection selection and prequalification issues
  • Presentation of frame analysis
  • Presentation of beam design
  • Presentation of column design
  • Presentation of connection design
  • Presentation of base-plate  design

Session 8: Application - Braced Frames

Presented by Rafael Sabelli, SE

This session includes:

  • Review of configuration-related issues, including load combinations and special checks
  • Presentation of brace design
  • Presentation of capacity design-analysis methods
  • Presentation of beam design
  • Presentation of column design
  • Presentation of connection design at column
  • Presentation of chevron connection design
  • Presentation of base-plate  design

Quiz and Attendance records

Quiz Answers

View answers to Night School 16 quizzes.

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

 

  
 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

  

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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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