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In the design of a classic rigid end plate joint, the moments about the major axis (y‑axis) are only considered. If the moments are entered about the minor axis, the resulting tensile forces are not taken into account in the design. Am I correct?


Designs in our module RF-/JOINTS Steel - Rigid are based on the assumptions and regulations of the standard EN 1993‑1‑8. Here, bending from the main beam plane is not considered.

In RFEM, it is possible to model any rigid joint. All internal forces can then be taken into account.


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[1]   Eurocode 3: Design of steel structures - Part 1-8: Design of joints; EN 1993‑1‑8:2005 + AC:2009



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