Friction-Slip Connections for Moment Frames with Continuous Beams

Document Type : Research Article


University of Tehran, Tehran


This paper presents an assessment on a friction-slip connection for moment frames
with continuous beams based on the current detail. It also proposes a new configuration
for rigid connections in moment frames with continuous beams, which
can be developed as a friction-slip connection. In conventional moment frames,
beams are placed between two adjacent columns and connected to the column
flanges faces. However, in moment frames with continuous beams, two beams are
continuously passed next to the column. In the existing practice for connections in
these frames, two vertical connection plates placed on column flanges, and the
beams are connecting to these plates via their wings. In the mentioned detail, it was
assumed that the load transfers with in-plane action between connection plates
and column; therefore, the design force is pure shear, and based on the design
procedure, it should have been able to be developed for a friction-slip connection.
However, the results showed that the out-of-plane action of RPLs could be significant;
although this action provides extra capacity in moment connections, it
is not desirable in friction connections due to changes in the developed forces
in pretension bolts. Based on this action, a locking occurs, which changes the
performance of the connection considerably. As an alternative to this detail, a new
configuration is proposed in this paper, which can also be used as a friction-slip
connection and provides a friction connection in moment frames with continuous
beams. In new detail, by eliminating the effect of connection plate thickness, the
friction joint works as expected. Thus, instead of the plastic behavior of structural
elements, these friction joints can be used as an energy-dissipating system.