Cyclic behaviour of beam-to-column welded connections

  • Mele, Elena (Dipartimento di Analisi e Progettazione Strutturale (DAPS), Universita di Napoli "Federico II") ;
  • Calado, Luis (Departamento de Engenharia Civil (DECivil), Instituto Superior Tecnico) ;
  • De Luca, Antonello (Dipartimento di Analisi e Progettazione Strutturale (DAPS), Universita di Napoli "Federico II")
  • Published : 2001.09.25


In this paper the results of an experimental program devoted to the assessment of the cyclic behaviour of full scale, European type, beam-column subassemblages with welded connections are presented. Six tests (five cyclic and one monotonic) have been carried out on three different series of specimens, encompassing a total of eighteen tests. The three specimen series have been designed with the aim of defining the effect of the column size on the connection behaviour, under different applied loading histories. The tests have evidenced the effect of the column size and panel zone design and of the applied loading history on the cyclic behaviour and failure modes of the connections.


welded connections;cyclic tests;loading histories;rotation capacity;panel zone;failure modes


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