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Title: RE: Steel Connections

>What is meant by the one-half uniform-load-capacity connection design spec.?

For simple beams, there is a table of uniform load capacities in the AISC Manual (starts on page 4-35 in 2nd Edition LRFD and page 2-37 9th Edition ASD). Taking half the tabulated value for the given beam and span, you get the end reaction that would correspond to the total uniform load capacity of the beam.

Some connection design specs use this criteria to avoid placing other information like the actual reactions on the drawings. In routine cases of simple-span beams with typical spans, it doesn't work out that badly. But my previous post gave one example of a horror situation that resulted from a connection design spec requirement like this one.