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CONNECT 8.xx

Shear Connections  

With the RSTAB add-on module CONNECT you can dimension three types of shear connections typical for steel construction and perform the design according to

 DIN 18800-1:1990-11.

The connection can be clearly documented with graphical and numerical results in the printout report. It is also possible to print a dimensioned 3D graphic of the connection.

Features


Connection with Web Cleat

  • Layout of cleat connection by specifying reasonable values
  • Design of bolts for shear
  • Design of hole bearing for all external bolts for the structural components cleat and beam
  • Design of connection weld
  • Web cleat design taking into account deduction of hole
  • Selection of fillet welds or single bevels
  • Connection with only one bolt according to DIN 18800 part 1, el. (807), is possible
  • Connection can be designed for axial force only (tension joint), shear force only or a combination of shear and axial forces

Connection with End Plate

  • Layout of shear connection by means of end plate
  • Design of hole bearing for all external bolts for the structural components end plate and column
  • Design of connection weld

Connection with Seating Cleat

  • Layout of shear connection by means of seating cleat
  • Design of load introduction into beam according to DIN 18800, part 1, element (744)
  • Design of the two bolts securing the position for shear and hole bearing
  • Calculation of stabilizing moment resisted by bolts and end plate weld
  • Seating cleat design
  • Design of connection weld for seating cleat and end plate
 

Input


You can design connections for I-sections using
  • web cleats on one or both sides
  • end plates
  • seating cleats and end plates to secure the position.

CONNECT is completely integrated in RSTAB and provides, in addition to the numerical selection of members to be designed, a comfortable graphical selection for the member ends.

The connections can be designed either by the program itself or according to user-defined specifications concerning thickness and dimensions of the structural components as well as welds and hole sizes. CONNECT automatically checks the entries regarding the applicable minimum distances and recommended weld thicknesses. 

The bolts' strength grades 4.6, 5.6, 8.8 and 10.9 can be selected for the sizes M12 to M36 as precision or black bolts. The connections can be carried out with the steel grades S 235 and S 355.

When using CONNECT, you are best prepared for modifications in the structural system, because connections already entered are always designed automatically for the current cross-sections or internal forces. CONNECT works in the usual RSTAB environment and can be used intuitively.
 

Design


For the cleat connection pinned to a connecting structure, you can decide if you want to take into account only the shear or the axial force, or a combination of both forces. The cleat bending moment, resulting from the available forces, and arising from the eccentrically effective tensile force and the shear force introduction which depends on the cleat length, is considered by the design calculation as well.

If you select the connection with end plate, the shear force is transferred across the end plate to the load-bearing member. The plate can be welded on a flange only, on both flanges or on the web.

If the third connection type is selected, the shear force is transferred through a seating cleat that is welded to the load-bearing member. The beam is secured additionally by an end plate connection.
 

Results 


The results tables show all results of the layout and the designs in detail. In addition, interactive graphics are displayed for all intermediate results, which allows for a quick and comfortable evaluation.

Due to the clear results overview, you can see immediately if the design has been fulfilled. In case a design fails, the corresponding table row is highlighted. The output includes member number, member side, governing load case/group/ combination, loading and load capacity, design ratio and, in the comment column, the governing element of the connection.

The connection can be represented realistically in the 3D rendering mode including dimensioning. Furthermore, it is possible to integrate the connection results in the global RSTAB printout report. The report shows all input data and results as documentation prepared for the test engineer.

Finally, it is possible to export all program tables to MS Excel or OpenOffice.org Calc or in a CSV file without any problems. All specifications required for the export are defined in a special transfer menu.
 

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Net prices in USD
For use in United States
First License
CONNECT 701.05
Next License
CONNECT 315.47
1.2 Geometry and Welds - Web Cleat
1.2 Geometry and Welds - Web Cleat
1.2 Geometry and Welds - End Plate
1.2 Geometry and Welds - End Plate
1.2 Geometry and Welds - Seating Cleat / End Plate
1.2 Geometry and Welds - Seating Cleat / End Plate
1.3 Bolts
1.3 Bolts
1.4 Hole Layout - Web Cleat
1.4 Hole Layout - Web Cleat
1.4 Hole Layout - End Plate
1.4 Hole Layout - End Plate
1.4 Hole Layout - Seating Cleat / End Plate
1.4 Hole Layout - Seating Cleat / End Plate
1.5 Loads
1.5 Loads
2.1 Results - Web Cleat
2.1 Results - Web Cleat
3D graphic with dimensions - web cleat
3D graphic with dimensions - web cleat
3D graphic with dimensions - end plate
3D graphic with dimensions - end plate
3D graphic with dimensions - seating cleat / end plate
3D graphic with dimensions - seating cleat / end plate
Overview of connections in the structural system
Overview of connections in the structural system
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