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SDC D Ordinary Moment frame connection using HSS sections

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Can HSS sections be used in an Ordinary Moment Frame in a SDC D.  I can’t see, in the seismic design manual,  where it is specifically excluded, but I can’t find any information for the HSS Beam to HSS column connection design.  It seems that it can’t be done since a full pen weld is difficult if not impossible to do for a HSS beam to HSS Column face.  If there is an example out there I would love to see it.  I am doing some work for a fabricator and they are expecting HSS sections due to what is seen in the construction documents.  I have to let him know real soon if he will need to go to wide flange members.

 

Thanks for the help,

Joe Grill

 

Joseph R. Grill, PE

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