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Steel and Composite Structures   Volume 26, Number 3, February10 2018, pages 289-301
Seismic behavior of beam-to-column connections with elliptic slit dampers
Saeed Farahi Shahri and Seyed Roohollah Mousavi

Abstract     [Full Text]
    The rigid steel connections were suffered severe damage because of low rotational capacity during earthquakes. Hence, many investigations have been conducted on the connections of steel structures. As a solution, steel slit dampers were employed at the connections to prevent brittle failure of connections and damage of main structural members. Slit damper is a plate or a standard section with a number of slits in the web. The objective of this paper is to improve the seismic performance of steel slit dampers in the beam-to-column connection using finite element modeling. With reviewing the previous investigations, it is observed that slit dampers were commonly fractured in the end parts of the struts. This may be due to the low participation of struts middle parts in the energy dissipation. Thus, in the present study slit damper with elliptic slits is proposed in such a way that end parts of struts have more energy absorption area than struts middle parts. A parametric study is conducted to investigate the effects of geometric parameters of elliptic slit damper such as strut width, strut height and plate thickness on the seismic performance of the beam-to-column connection. The stress distribution is improved along the struts in the proposed slit damper with elliptic slits and the stress concentration is decreased in the end parts of struts. The average contributions of elliptic slit dampers, beam and other sections to the energy dissipation are about 97.19%, 2.12% and 0.69%, respectively.
Key Words
    seismic performance; beam-to-column connections; elliptic slit dampers; geometric parameters
Civil Engineering Department, University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Daneshgah Street, Zahedan 98155-987, Iran.

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