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Old 20th January 2010, 03:30 PM   #1
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Default Flexible end plate connection/pinned splice suggestion

Quite often I need to design a 'line' of beam over several spans. At the moment I design all the spans as simply supported and have a detail for the beams to share the bearing at the internal supports. The supports are typically a 100 wide masonry wall.
Now, in order to keep the section sizes smaller I will design one of the beams as cantilevering over the internal support with an end plate welded to the end of the beam. This makes the 'continuing' beam a shorter span, connecting to the end plate of the previous beam by a flexible end plate (like your notched end plate beam connection).
This works well where I need to keep the beam depth down to fit in say a floor void.
OK, my suggestion is....
Can you, one day, incorporate the end plate connection of a beam to connect to a full end plate of a continuing beam (a bit like a pinned splice!)? Or a pinned splice using what you already have but allowing the pinned splice to be at the end of the beam?
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Old 21st January 2010, 12:36 PM   #2
Tony Bryer
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Default Re: Flexible end plate connection/pinned splice suggestion

Noted, but no promises. At the moment a lot of work is going in to the forthcoming EuroBeam program, although it now looks as if compulsory use of Eurocodes is to be put back to 2013 [NSC Jan 2010]. Once this is out and delivers the same functionality as is currently provided by SuperBeam and ProSteel there will be scope to enhance it further.

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