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[SEAOC] Steel Moment Connections with Cover Plates

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This question is in regard to steel moment connections with cover plates.
Most of the test conditions and published results (i.e FEMA guidelines)
that I have seen have a continuous column with a beam butting against it.
If a beam is continuous over the column is it necessary to use cover plates
on the beam? And if so, does this effectively shift the plastic hinge away
from the connection.
Another scenario is to place cover plates at the column flanges instead of
beam flanges. Does this strengthen or adversely undermine the column