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1.  Go to the AISC web site and download a copy of the AISC 2002 Seismic Provisions.

2.  Go on the internet and download a copy of FEMA 350.

These two documents should provide the background and design requirements you are looking for.

Thomas Hunt, S.E.
ABS Consulting

"Juan José Treff De la Mora" <jjtreff(--nospam--at)>

05/29/2003 01:33 PM
Please respond to seaint

        To:        seaint(--nospam--at)
        Subject:        CONNECTION DESIGN again

Talking about connections design, I've heard that some people design them
based on the maximum capacity of the supported (beam) and supporting members
(column or girder) instead of designing them for the applied loads and
combinations. They say is to guarantee that if the structure fails, it
wouldn't be in the connections.

But what about the axial load in the column for example?  What capacity
would you use?  Does any one know where can I get more information about
this design practice for connections?

Thank you,

Juan José

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