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Ultimate strength and fracture sequence of bolted connections to thin-walled carbon steel

Mahmood, Mohammed; Elamin, Ahmed; Tizani, Walid

Authors

Mohammed Mahmood

Ahmed Elamin



Abstract

© 2019 Institution of Structural Engineers Recent experimental studies on single shear bolted connections to thin-walled carbon steel indicated the need for parametric analysis to understand the behaviour of the connection. In this paper, finite element analysis was performed to investigate the ultimate behaviour and failure sequence of these connections. A parametric analysis was performed to investigate the effect of plate thickness, end distance and curling displacement on the connection behaviour. Five possible modes of failure were identified and analytical models for estimating the connection strength for these modes were proposed. Within the range of the validity of the study, the end distance was the most influential parameter, but the strength improvement becomes negligible at edge distance of 42 mm for plate thickness less than or equal to 3.5 mm and 48 mm for plate thickness greater than 3.5 mm. Therefore, it is recommended to limit the maximum end distance to 50 mm. The curling displacement is found to affect the stress distribution in the plate as it could reduce the connection strength by 12%. It is considered as a sign of failure only when it reaches 0.5 mm before the ultimate strength of the connection is reached. The proposed models are more accurate in predicting the connection ultimate strength when compared to EC3, AISI and AISC predictions.

Citation

Mahmood, M., Elamin, A., & Tizani, W. (2020). Ultimate strength and fracture sequence of bolted connections to thin-walled carbon steel. Structures, 23, 646-659. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.istruc.2019.11.011

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 28, 2019
Online Publication Date Dec 21, 2019
Publication Date 2020-02
Deposit Date Feb 4, 2020
Publicly Available Date Dec 22, 2020
Journal Structures
Electronic ISSN 2352-0124
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Pages 646-659
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.istruc.2019.11.011
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/3660329
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352012419302085
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: Ultimate strength and fracture sequence of bolted connections to thin-walled carbon steel; Journal Title: Structures; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.istruc.2019.11.011; Content Type: article; Copyright: © 2019 Institution of Structural Engineers. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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