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Alternative Title

Civil Engineering Study 94-1


PREFACE Experimental studies were preformed to investigate the tensile capacity, bearing capacity and the interaction of tension and bearing capacities of flat sheet cold-formed steel bolted connections. The effect of bolt hole deformation on the bearing capacity of bolted connections, was also investigated. In the experimental investigation, single shear flat sheet connections were investigated for single bolt and multiple bolt configurations. The intent of this investigation was to compare the current AISI and AISC Specifications for the nominal bearing and tensile capacities and to develop appropriate serviceability design criteria. A review and evaluation of past research on the tensile and bearing capacity of bolted flat sheet connections was performed and is discussed. The test results indicated that for connections failing in bearing, the AISI Specification correlated better with the test results than did the AISC Specification; for tension failure, both specifications correlated similarly to the test results. An analysis and discussion of the test results is included, as well as the development of a serviceability limit for nominal bearing capacity. This report is based on a thesis presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of the University of Missouri-Rolla in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science. This investigation was sponsored by the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). The technical guidance provided by the AISI Connections Committee: M. Golovin (chairman), R. E. Albrecht, B. Bjorhovde, E. R. diGirolamo, D. S. Ellifritt, E. R. Estes Jr., W. B. Hall, M. A. Huizinga, A. L. Johnson, D. L. Johnson, W. E. Kile, R. A. LaBoube, L. D. Luttrell, W. McGuire, T. B. Pekoz, C. W. Pinkham, and W. W. Yu. Thanks are also extended to R. B. Haws, and K. L. Cole, AISI Staff, and J. N. Macadam, former chairman of the Subcommittee, for their assistance.


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering


American Iron and Steel Institute

Research Center/Lab(s)

Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures

Appears In

Cold-Formed Steel Series


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

01 May 1994

Document Version

Final Version


© 1994 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.


First Summary Report

Document Type

Technical Report

File Type