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There is an article that was published today in the Orange County
Register with
regards to the Side Plate System (Eureka Moment).    The "Sandwiching
solution"
uses steel plates on either side in a reinforced beam-to-column
connection, to
transfer the load from the beam to the column.   The beams are not in
contact
with the columns eliminating stress concentrations.   The side plates
solution
uses fillet welds and the forces would be distributed to the plates,
which would
remain connected, enabling the floor of a structure to remain standing
even if
an entire column was taken out during an earthquake or say during a blast
from
a bomb, etc.

I would like hear the PROs and CONs of this relatively new method (i.e.
since 1995
when the first prototype testing was performed).

Thank you in advance.

Desi J. Kiss, P.E.

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