Influence of Shear Connections on Stability Analysis and Consideration
Tips & Tricks
For structural reasons, shear connections usually include fin plates or flange angles. Main and secondary beams arranged on the top edge require notching or long fin plates. Hinged end plate connections are often welded to the web.
In stability analysis, all these connection layouts are not considered as lateral and torsional restraints but as torsional springs.
RF‑/STEEL EC3 offers the following options to take this into account:
- When using the Equivalent Member Method, you can either adjust the lateral-torsional buckling length Lw in Window 1.5 or 1.6 (see  and ) or directly enter the elastic critical moment for lateral-torsional buckling (see , , and ). For this, change the determination of elastic critical moment for LTB in the ‘Details’ dialog box, ‘Stability’ tab.
- When using the General Method, you can directly enter the torsional spring φX' in Window 1.7. For notes on the torsional spring calculation, see  and .
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