Experimental and Numerical Analysis of Steel Beam-Column Connections

Document Type : Original Article


1 Higher Institute of Engineering and Technology, Kafr Elsheikh

2 Civil Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Menoufia University, Egypt

3 Civil Engineering, Menoufia University


This paper presents experimentally and numerically the analysis of beam to column steel connections in extended end plate form. The study aims to calibrate a finite element model (FEM) able to predict these connections with high accuracy. Tests of two specimens of the beam to column end plate connections under monotonic load up to failure were presented. The tested connections were analyzed numerically using proposed (FEM) using ANSYS software that included nonlinearities of material, contact, and geometric. The study compared the test and FEM results through discussion of applied load versus vertical deflection and the deformed shape of the end plate and the bolts that consider the main component of the connection. Also, the moment rotation (M-θ) curve was plotted and discussed. The characteristics of the M-θ curve of each connection were determined and compared with its Eurocode 3 counterparts. The comparison revealed a good agreement between the results. The effect of end plate thickness on the characteristics of M-θ curve was presented.


Volume 44, Issue 1
Volume 44 (1) issued on 1/1/2021 in 3 Parts: - PART 1: Mechanical Engineering - PART 2: Civil Engineering - PART 3: Architecture Engineering
January 2021
Pages 43-49