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RE: Side Plate Systems - Eureka Moment
- To: "'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
- Subject: RE: Side Plate Systems - Eureka Moment
- From: "Carter, Charlie" <carter(--nospam--at)aisc.org>
- Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2001 05:39:25 -0600
Never have I felt, nor has any fabricator, owner,
or contractor expressed any comment that the
SidePlate connections looked as if "it were built
like a tank".
Steve, if you
re-read my comments you'll see I said that was a good thing, not a
The SidePlate connection does not rely upon any through-thickness
through-thickness strength for column flanges have been show to be red herrings.
To assume it is naturally bulky,expensive, and expensive
to build & erect is wrong. To dismiss it due to
related to its licensing use takes away an significantly
important option to a client.
bulky. But so what? If the project economics work, great.
It does require licensing fees. But so what? If the project
economics work, great.
I think engineers should be able to responsibly
evaluate and recommend appropriate solutions
for their clients. At times that may require
solutions that are not traditional.
I agree and
believe that was the essence of everything I commented. There are many good
choices for moment connections in special moment frames (and blast-resistant
construction) in steel. Some are proprietary and the designer needs to know
that. All should be considered. No one solution will always
P.S. I'm really
enjoying these impassioned testimonials.