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A study on composite end-plate connections with flexible tensile reinforcements and shear connectors

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A comprehensive parametric study is presented in this paper, which examines numerically the structural behaviour of composite end-plate connections with different material properties and geometrical configurations adopting a two-dimensional finite element model. The study is closely related to the determination of the moment capacities of composite structural flexural members that are partially continuous at the supports. Both ductile and non-ductile shear connectors are covered to investigate the effect of flexibility of the shear connectors on the overall structural behaviour of composite end-plate connections. Moreover, the effect of the elongation limits of tensile reinforcement is also studied. It is concluded that steel beam sizes have significant effects on the structural behaviour of composite end-plate connections with non-ductile shear connectors or the tensile reinforcement with normal ductility.

Cet article présente une étude paramétrique complète qui examine de manière numérique le comportement structural de raccords de plaques d’extrémité en matériaux composites de diverses propriétés matérielles et configurations géométriques en utilisant un modèle bidimensionnel par éléments finis. Cette étude est très similaire à la détermination des capacités de moment des éléments composites de charpente en flexion qui sont partiellement continus aux supports. Des connecteurs ductiles et non ductiles sont inclus afin d’examiner l’effet de la flexibilité des connecteurs sur le comportement structural global des raccords de plaques d’extrémité en matériaux composites. De plus, l’effet des limites d’élongation du renforcement en tension est également examiné. La conclusion est que les dimensions des poutres en acier ont un effet significatif sur le comportement structural des raccords de plaques d’extrémité en composite munis de connecteurs non ductiles ou le renforcement en tension ayant une ductilité normale.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2010

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