In order to predict the T-stub behaviour, simplified theoretical models are provided by Eurocode 3 that allow to evaluate the T-stub stiffness and strength. Conversely, there are no codified rules to predict the plastic deformation capacity. Therefore, the prediction of the T-stub ductility is still an open issue in the connection modelling. Even though theoretical models are very important in order to recognise the parameters that govern the stiffness, resistance and ductility of bolted T-stubs, they cannot always be applied with confidence, because of the simplifying assumptions usually made for gaining closed form solutions. Therefore, the information coming from simplified theoretical models needs to be integrated with that obtained either by experimental results or by means of finite element simulations. For this reason, in this paper, a simple simplified FEM model of a bolted T-stub with only one bolt row has been developed using SAP2000 computer program aiming to show how even a widespread commercial software can be used to estimate the plastic deformation capacity of bolted joints’ components. The accuracy of the FEM model has been verified by means of a comparison with available experimental results. In particular, all the specimens that were tested at the Material and Structure Laboratory of Salerno University in 2001 have been modelled and the results obtained are presented and discussed.
|Titolo:||Simplified finite element analysis of bolted Tstub connection components|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1.2 Articolo su rivista con ISSN|