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What exactly is the difference between the add-on modules JOINTS Steel - DSTV and END-PLATE?


The difference between DSTV and STIRNPL is that DSTV compares existing internal forces with allowable values from the DSTV ring binder according to DIN EN 1993-1-8 and thus determines the required connection from the typed connections. STIRNPL, however, performs a complete recalculation for the connection according to DIN 18800.

The connections in STIRNPL can additionally protrude on both sides. Four bolt rows are also possible.

DSTV not only includes rigid end plates, but also hinged end plate connections and web cleat connections.

In addition to the rolled sections (I, IPE, HE-A, HE-B, HE-M), any single-symmetric I-sections can be designed with axial force in STIRNPL (IS and IU sections). In contrast, the DSTV Guidelines only contain values for the common rolled sections (IPE, HE-A, HE-B, HE-M). Additionally, the values calculated there are only allowable for bending with lateral force; the normal force is not taken into account in the DSTV Guidelines.

To design, for example, end plates on HD sections, you can use STIRNPL while replacing the HD section with an IS section. You can define the dimensions of the HD cross-section for this profile, which then has the same stiffnesses and can be verified in STIRNPL.


End plate Guidelines DSTV Joint

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RF-JOINTS Steel - DSTV 5.xx

Add-on Module

Design of standardised joints in steel structures according to the EN 1993‑1‑8 - DSTV guideline

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