STANDARDISATION of PARTIAL STRENGTH COMPOSITE CONNECTIONS USING PRE-FABRICATED STEEL SECTIONS
Connections are usually designed as pinned which associated with simple construction or rigid which is associated with continuous construction. In actual situation, the connections behaviour falls between these two extreme cases. The use of partial strength or semi-rigid connections has been encouraged by Eurocode 3 and studies on the matter known as semi-continuous construction have proven that substantial savings in steel weight of the overall construction. Composite connections have been introduced in this paper to improve the performance of partial strength connection. The objective of this paper is to present the behaviour of full scale testing on standardized partial strength flush end-plate composite connections using pre-febricated section known as trapezoidal web profiled steel (TWP) sections. A method known as “component method” was introduced by SCI to predict the moment resistance of the connection. The results also showed that the proposed composite connection for the Trapezoid Web Profiled Steel Sections has a ductile behaviour and the connections can be categorized as partial strength connections which is suitable for semi-continuous construction.