Steel bracket connection on modular buildings

Jeung-Hwan Doh, Nhat Minh Ho, Dane Miller, Tim Peters, David Carlson, Pasteur Lai

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Modular construction methods have been adapted globally for the past few decades and are becoming more common due to their ease of use and flexibility. Structural connections between modules are required for integrity and robustness but details vary depending on the form of the module and the particular application. The behaviour of connections in analysis and design of modular buildings should particularly be taken into account in detail because of their effects on the distribution of internal forces and on structural deformations. The purpose of this paper is to present and analyse the behaviours of an innovative steel bracket connection. Experiments, including shear loading and simply supported tests, were carried out to establish directly the ultimate resistance as well as failure modes of the connections. The finite element software, Strand7, was subsequently utilised to produce models for comparison with test results. A parametric study has been carried out to investigate the effects of varying bolthole dimension and bolthole spacing on the structural behaviours of the steel bracket connection using linear analysis. The model presented in this paper was formed as a baseline for future in-depth investigations to ensure design optimisation of the steel bracket connection.
Original languageEnglish
Article number 1000121
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Steel Structures & Construction
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


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