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RE: Backing bar in RBS steel moment connection

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This may be a myth but I've heard from others that it's difficult, if not impossible, to get good UT accuracy on a CJP with the backing bar left in place. I don't know if it's an experience issue or a physics issue but if it's fact then removal is critical if you want to confirm the adequacy of the welded joint.

Gautam Manandhar <Gautam_Manandhar(--nospam--at)> wrote:
List members:
In a RBS steel moment connection, the expected plastic hinge is at the reduced beam section.  How important is it to remove the backing bar at the beam-column connection?  I am aware that in the pre-Northridge, fracture initiated at the bottom CJP joint.   Is anyone aware of tests done with the backing bar in place.

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