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Dear Charlie;

There is a lot of issues regarding performance of moment connections in
seismically active regions. The book you refer to is an excellent book for
gravity frame design. I wish we had something more up-to-date on seimic
design of moment connections. 

Majid Sarraf

At 01:17 AM 7/1/1998 -0700, you wrote:
>The whole issue regarding whether slip-critical bolts are required or a 
>bearing connection will suffice (in the application at hand and many 
>more) is covered quite well in The Guide to Design Criteria for Bolted 
>and Riveted Joints, 2nd Edition by Kulak, Fisher and Struik. As this book 
>is the fundamental basis for the provisions in the Specification for 
>Structural Joints Using ASTM A325 or A490 Bolts, published by the 
>Research Council on Structural Connections, I think it is the best 
>resource for informed decision-making on all issues in bolting.
>Harold Sprague wrote:
>> Bill,
>> You have raised an interesting point.  Following the Hyatt walkway
collapse, I inspected several shopping centers in Kansas City that had 
>been in service for s
>> The interesting part came when the bolts were replaced.  Only one of the
bolts had slipped into bearing.  Thirteen of the 14 bolts were 
>removed by hand without
>> The point:
>> Bill's caution is justified.  Don't count on the bolts slipping with dead
load only.
>> Regards,
>> Harold Sprague, PE
>> Krawinkler, Luth & Assoc.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From:   Bill Sherman [SMTP:SHERMANWC(--nospam--at)]
>> Sent:   Tuesday, June 30, 1998 8:26 AM
>> To:     seaoc(--nospam--at)
>> Subject:        Re: Steel Moment Connections
>> I asked a similar question "in reverse" several weeks ago.  I asked why AISC
>> permits bearing type bolts in combination with welds in such connections,
>> since slippage of the web connection bolts would cause additional stress in
>> the flange welds.  The response I got was that AISC assumes that the bolts
>> will be in bearing due to dead load during erection and the examples shown
>> are
>> intended for non-high seismic conditions.  Personally, I feel that
>> slip-critical bolts should be used in such connections to prevent
>> overloading
>> the welds.
>> It should be noted that the LRFD commentary suggests torquing the bolts
>> before
>> performing welding when using slip-critical bolts in combination with welds
>> (see commentary for Section J1.7).
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