Feb 24, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate 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  

Dr. Christopher Raebel

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