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So are you talking basically about an extended end-plate covering the 
column web? Or is the plate at the edges of the column flanges?

W. L. Polhemus, Jr. P.E.


> On Mar 9, 2014, at 3:58 PM, Steve Gordin <sgordin(--nospam--at)> 
> wrote: 
> Ricardo, Drew, and Bill,
> Thank you for your help.  Unfortunately,  AISC 341, 358, etc. do not
> provide clear (actually, any) answers to weak-axis SMF connections. Here 
> is what I can share at this point.
> Egor Popov of UC Berkeley actually tested such connections, and,
> apparently, successfully (FEMA 355D), but this was in the late 1980s, and
> does not meet the current requirements.  As it stands now, the SMF weak
> axis connection is not prequalified, hence the problem.
> I was contemplating creating a cruciform section or welding two wide 
> flange columns together - but that's too much welding just to boot.
> I am lucky to know Professor Stephen Mahin of UC Berkeley, who provided
> very valuable information on the actual testing done at Cal in the late
> 1990s, along with other great leads.

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