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Steel Connections

D. Matthew Stuart, P.E., S.E., F.ASCE, SECB

Course Outline

This four hour course includes the following information:

1. Steel Framing Connections:

a. Introduction
b. Methods of Joining
c. Bolting
d. Welding
e. Simple Shear Connections
f. Moment Connections
g. Column Splices
h. Miscellaneous Connections

2. Limit States:

a. Design
b. Combined Shear and Tension in Bolts
c. Eccentric Bolted and Welded Connections
d. Bolted End-Plate Connections

3. Typical Details

4. Code of Standard Practice

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

RE: AISC Design Guidelines

Please note that this course and the corresponding quiz were developed when the referenced AISC Design Guidelines could be downloaded for free from the AISC website. You now currently have to be a member of AISC to download the Design Guidelines referenced in the course material and quiz for free. Therefore if you are not a member of AISC, or even if you already are, and have any questions concerning the material in the course that is referenced to an AISC Design Guideline, please feel free to contact the author directly for assistance at:

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for structural engineers and architects.

Benefit to Attendees

A student of this course will become familiar with the many different types of steel framing connections.

Course Introduction

The purpose of this course is to introduce the user to the many different types of steel framing connections.

Course Content

In this lesson, you are required to study the course content in the following document:

Steel Connections (a PDF file, 13.4 MB)

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Course Summary

This course provides insights into the design and analysis of the many different types of steel framing connections.

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Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.