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It looks like a more recent reference (by some of the same folks) is
available on this topic.  According to the NISEE web site, this more
recent reference (as described below) is "available on loan from the
Earthquake Engineering Library at the University of California,
Berkeley."  The librarians are very knowledgeable and helpful (we get
info from them several times each month).  For more information

EERC Library
1301 S. 46th Street
Richmond, CA 94804-4698
Phone: 510-231-9403
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Reference as follows:

Author:  Walbridge, S. S.; Grondin, G. Y.; Cheng, J. J. R.
Title:  An analysis of the cyclic behaviour of steel gusset plate
Call No:  CF 13 with 620.1/J68/v.46(1-3)
Citation:  Second World Conference on Steel in Construction [computer
file], Elsevier Science Ltd., [Oxford, England], 1998, Paper No. 305

Abstract:  In the past few years, several test programs have been
carried out at the University of Alberta to study the compressive and
cyclic behavior of gusset plate connections. It has been found that an
adequately designed gusset plate connection will exhibit a stable
post-buckling strength and a well-behaved load-defection hysteresis.
This paper summarizes recent work done at the University of Alberta on
the modelling of steel gusset plate connections using the finite
element program ABAQUS. For the analytical study described in this
paper, finite element models were constructed of gusset plate
connections, incorporating framing members, material yielding, initial
imperfections and bolt slip. These models were used to study the
behaviour of gusset plate connections under monotonic tension,
monotonic compression and cyclic loading. Under monotonic tension
loading, the effects of material model, mesh refinement, boundary
conditions and fastener (bolt) model were studied. Under monotonic
compression loading, the effects of these parameters were studied, as
well as the effects of initial imperfection shape and magnitude. Under
monotonic tension loading, it was found that the effects of material
model and boundary conditions on the behaviour of the gusset plate
connection model were significant. The fastener model turned out to
have little noticeable effect on the connection model. Under monotonic
compression loading, initial imperfection magnitude turned out to have
the largest effect on the behavior of the gusset plate connection
model. Boundary conditions also turned out to be important. Less
significant were the effects of material model, fastener model and
mesh refinement. Based on the findings of the monotonic loading
studies, models of four previously tested gusset plate connections
were constructed to study the behaviour of gusset plate connections
under cyclic loading.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Evans [mailto:DEvans(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, October 25, 2000 12:13 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: SEAOC Blue Book - paper on gussets

My local library says that only one library in the universe has the
1993 Rabinovitch and Cheng paper titled "Cyclic Behavior of Steel
Gusset Plate Connections" referenced in the 1999 SEAOC Blue
Book commentary (pg 239 and 246), and that library doesn't lend!
Would appreciate some help locating a copy.


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