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Design of Bolts in Shear-Bearing Connections per AISC LRFD 3rd Edition (2001)

Jose-Miguel Albaine, M.S., P.E.

Every steel structure is usually assembled by connecting the individual components to each other with rivets or bolts or by welding. The structural bolts have replaced the rivets as an accepted means of connecting members in the last few decades. This course will review the basic concepts of design of bolts in shear/bearing type connections, based on the criteria specified in the latest edition of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Manual of Steel Construction, Load and Resistance Factor Design, Third Edition, November, 2001, (herein referred as LRFD). The topics included are: general requirements for bolted joints, including the different types of structural bolts (high-strength and common bolts), layout of bolted connections, proper specification of joint type, design shear and bearing strength, and modes of failures of the connected parts. Bolts in tension (or tension with shear), slip resistance joints, and eccentric loaded connections are not in the scope of this course. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

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