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Steel and Composite Structures   Volume 21, Number 2, June10 2016, pages 303-321
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12989/scs.2016.21.2.303
 
Bolted connections to tubular columns at ambient and elevated temperatures - A review
S.H. Leong, N.H. Ramli Sulong and Mohammed Jameel

 
Abstract     [Full Text]
    Tubular column members have been widely adopted in current construction due to its numerous advantages. However, the closed-section profile characteristics of tubular columns severely limit the connection possibilities. Welding type is acceptable but discouraged because of on-site issues. Blind-bolted connection is preferable because of its simplicity, economic benefit, and easy assembly. This paper presents a state-of-the-art review on bolted connections to tubular columns for bare steel tubes, including square and circular sections. Available studies on bolted connections at ambient and elevated temperatures are reviewed, but emphasis is given on the latter. Various methods of determining the connection performance through experimental, analytical, component based, and finite element approaches are examined. Future research areas are also identified.
 
Key Words
    steel bolted connections; tubular columns; blind bolt; elevated temperature
 
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