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Here's a follow-up on connection design incorporating partial rigidity 
(Shouldn't be much trouble getting this approach incorporated in the 
building code. ;->) : 


The paper shows some of the factors involved if you actually mean to 
include connection stiffness in FEA results. The fact that you can 
include a certain effect doesn't mean that you can do so practicably, so 
as to model a real situation, with some overall benefit to the project. 

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