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Assessment of Perforated Steel Beam-to-Column Connections Subjected to Cyclic Loading

Tsavdaridis, K. D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8349-3979, Faghih, F. & Nikitas, N. (2014). Assessment of Perforated Steel Beam-to-Column Connections Subjected to Cyclic Loading. Journal of Earthquake Engineering, 18(8), pp. 1302-1325. doi: 10.1080/13632469.2014.935834


This article presents a study of fully fixed (welded) perforated beam-to-column connections, used as strengthening techniques to seismic-resistant design. The effect of using non-standard novel web opening configurations of variable depths and positions is investigated. The improvements on the structural behavior foreshadow the enhancements gained using these perforated members. It is concluded that using large isolated perforations is an effective way of improving the behavior of connections enhancing their ductility, rotational capacity and their energy dissipation capacity. Moreover, the connections with novel openings outperform the conventional ones; therefore, they can be suitably used in the aseismic design of steel frames.

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Additional Information: © Konstantinos Daniel Tsavdaridis, Faezeh Faghih, and Nikolaos Nikitas. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted.
Publisher Keywords: Steel Moment Connection; Perforated Steel Beams; Web Opening; RWS Connection; Cyclic; Hysteretic; Ductility; Vierendeel Mechanism; Finite Element Analysis; Parametric Study
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TH Building construction
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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