Jun 01, 2023  
2023-2024 Graduate Academic Catalog 
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CAE 6561 - Design of Structural Steel Connections

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: CAE 5561 ) (quarter system prereq: AE 5520 or CV 5520)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Explain 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
  • Evaluate analysis methods unique to connection design
  • Design simple shear, moment, and partially restrained connections
  • Design light and heavy bracing connections
  • Compare and contrast connection types for structural efficiency and relative cost
  • Evaluate how seismic loading affects the design of the connection

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Determinate and indeterminate structural analysis
  • Understanding of structural analysis software
  • 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. Michael Kempfert

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