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    Milwaukee School of Engineering
  Feb 25, 2018
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog
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AE 6224 - Connection Design

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course focuses on the design of connections between structural members with emphasis on connecting hot-rolled steel members. Topics include overview of connection design; limit states; connection selection; shear connections; moment connections; partially restrained connections; bracing connections; and design of special connections for earthquake loading. (prereq: AE 5220  or CV 5220 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the basis for connection design as presented in the AISC Manual 
  • Determine limit states for different types of connections 
  • Determine connection efficiency for given loads 
  • Determine suitability of connections for different situations 
  • Understand analysis methods unique to connection design 
  • Design simple shear, moment and partially restrained connections 
  • Design light and heavy bracing connections 
  • Understand how seismic loading affects the design of the connection

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Determinate and indeterminate structural analysis 
  • Understanding of structural analysis software 
  • Understanding of basic design for steel tension, compression, flexural and combined flexural/axial members 
  • Understanding of design of simple connections (tension, shear, moment)

Course Topics
  • Fastener types 
  • Eccentric loading on fasteners 
  • Prying action 
  • Framing connections 
  • Moment connections 
  • Bracing connections 
  • Partially restrained connections 
  • Introduction to connection design for seismic loading  

Richard A. DeVries

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