Extended end-plate connections for replaceable shear links

Özkılıç Y. O., TOPKAYA C.

Engineering Structures, vol.240, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 240
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2021.112385
  • Journal Name: Engineering Structures
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, PASCAL, Aerospace Database, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), Communication Abstracts, Compendex, Geobase, ICONDA Bibliographic, INSPEC, Metadex, DIALNET, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: End-plate connections, Eccentrically braced frames, Links, Steel, Finite elements, MOMENT CONNECTIONS, CYCLIC BEHAVIOR, SEISMIC DESIGN, JOINTS, STEEL, CRITERIA, AISC
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© 2021 Elsevier LtdExtended end-plate moment connections are used in a number of applications including the beam-to-column connections in seismic moment resisting frames (MRFs) and replaceable link-to-frame connections in eccentrically braced frames (EBFs). While the extended end-plate connections have been extensively studied for MRF applications, little is known about their performance in EBFs. The loading conditions and the acceptance criterion are different for these connections when they are used in MRFs or in EBFs. This paper presents an experimental and numerical study undertaken to investigate the performance of extended unstiffened and stiffened end-plate connections used in replaceable shear links. Pursuant to this goal, 10 nearly full-scale EBF tests were conducted where the thickness, width and stiffening of the end-plate were considered as the variables. The results showed that end-plates designed according to the AISC guidelines or Eurocode provisions show acceptable performance in terms of the target link rotation angle. Due to strain hardening effects, thinner plates than the ones suggested by the codes were also found to show satisfactory performance. Finite element simulations were conducted to investigate the bending strains for different plate thicknesses and to study the levels of axial forces developed in the links. Modifications to the AISC design guidelines have been proposed to determine the plastic resistance of end-plated connections more accurately.