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I experienced such results before and that was exactly for a low-rise moment resisting frame. I have a great book titled "Design and Construction of Base Plates" in Persian language. If you want it, let me know and I'll send you a copy of appropriate pages of that. I can provide some notes on them and you'll be able to use it. It's free for you!

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From: "Lloyd Pack" <packman(--nospam--at)>
Reply-To: seaint(--nospam--at)
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Steel base plate thickness???
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 21:15:47 -0800

I'm wanting to get opinions on calculating base plate thicknesses
on moment resisting frames and braced frames.  When in school
I used the text "Steel structures" by Gaylord, Gaylord and
Stalmayer, (I believe).  Anyway, that book has some examples of
base plate design where the plate must transfer moment.  Recently I
was working on a rigid frame in a house, and used the method in
the book to size my base plate. I got a base plate thickness of 2",
which seems rather large.

Which methods do any of you use to calculate the thickness of
your base plates?

When I looked through the AISC ASD Manual I found little help
on the subject?

Are these plates really supposed to be this thick?

Any suggestions and guidance would be appreciated.
Thank you,
Lloyd Pack

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