Investigation of seismic behavior of drilled flange connection with inclined arrangement of holes

Document Type : Research Article


1 Civil engineering department,Islamic azad university, science and research branch, Tehran, Iran

2 IIEES,Tehran,Iran

3 Faculty of Niroo Research Institute (NRI)


Since unreinforced welded connections were brittle and prematurely fractured in the connections of ​​the beam-to-column penetration welds in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the researchers proposed radius-cut flange reduction connections to improve the seismic behavior of rigid connections. The brittle failure of the weld in the beam-to-column connection and the lateral buckling of the beam flange in the reduced sections of the beam flange led to propose the modified forms of this type of connection. The new type of connection includes drilled flange connection with parallel rows of holes. In order to improve the performance of these drilled flange connections, in this study, beam flange drilling arrangements were used with an inclined arrangement of holes with different hole diameters. The study showed that in the inclined arrangement of a hole, the amount of plastic rotation is 0.059 radians, which is 7.3% more than the plastic rotation of the same radius-cut flange reduction connection. Also, in the best connection sample with the most suitable oblique drilling arrangement, the equivalent plastic strain index in the center and corner of the complete joint penetration weld line decreased to 92.3% and 87.7%, respectively, compared to conventional radius-cut flange reduction connections. Mises index in this connection in the center and corner of the complete joint penetration weld line decreased to 45.5% and 39.9% compared to radius-cut flange reduction connections, respectively. This indicates better performance and less sensitivity of this type of connection to the problems of the complete joint penetration weld line of ​​the beam-to-column connection compared with conventional radius-cut flange reduction connections and these drilled flange connections with the parallel arrangement.


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