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Shear Stud Connector

for steel- concrete composite structures cold applied by pins


The construction of composite steel/concrete structures offers remarkable static and economic advantages. The load-bearing steel structure and the overlying concrete cast, suitably tied to each other by means of connectors, guarantee the static unity of the two different materials while enabling them to express their individual characteristics. The most evident advantages are the reduced weight of the steel structures, the lower total height of the floors, greater flexural rigidity and higher fire resistance. The "Nelson" type headed stud, welded to the beam, is the commonly adopted solution for the shear connection in composite steel/concrete structures.


In order to overcome the application difficulties associated with the welding of the studs, TECNARIA has developed a new system that consists of cold fastening the connectors using special nails. The connector consists of a headed stud inserted in a suitably shaped and stiffened base plate. Two cold-fastening nails, made of highly resistant material, passing through the plate, ensure the rigid fastening of the connector to the steel beam. The nails are punched in the means of a powder-actuated tool The TECNARIA connectors, therefore, offer a number of advantages: - The fastening operation is not affected by the surface treatment of the connected parts (painted or coated) nor by the presence of the metal deck that lies between the base plate and the beam: these elements, on the contrary, combine to ensure structural unity. - Climatic conditions do not affect results (humidity or low temperatures) - Skilled workers not necessary. The fastening system is safe, reliable, fast and ensures precise high-quality fastening. - The work can be carried out on site without requiring costly or cumbersome equipment. The operator is fast and mobile. - The success of the fastening operation can be verified through a simple visual check. - The galvanized surfaces do not release poisonous fumes.

Main characteristics of the connector

Shank diameter 12 mm Stud height from 40 a 135 mm Minimum dimension of base plate: 38 mm Statically the shear stud connector TECNARIA has better mechanical characteristics and ductility if compared to a "Nelson" welded stud of the same shank diameter. Reduced dimensions of the connector (easily positioned on most profiled metal decking shape). Reduced deformation values for limited loads and high deformation values for high loads (ductile behaviour). The head prevents the detachment of the slab due to dynamic stress or excessive deformation. Each connector is zinc plated

The TECNARIA connectors are very simple to install. Once the profiled decking has been positioned over the beam, the two high-resistance nails supplied with the connector are fastened in. The operation is simple, quick and safe. The nails are driven using a powder-actuated tool, with a special barrel.

Power actuated tool ITW-SPIT (P 230)

The propulsion power is supplied by the expanding gas of a powder load inserted into the tool's magazine. Loads are supplied in disk, with various level of power.

Tool with indirect action and low velocity Weight: 4,1 kg Length: 410 mm

TECNARIA undertakes to recommend the best application method on a case-by-case basis.


S 235: the connector can be supplied pre-assembled with the nails. S 275: the connector can be supplied pre-assembled with the nails S 355: the connector can be supplied separately, not pre-assembled. The non-assembled connector for rivet gun fastening applications can be used for all types of steel. The fastening operation is precisely calibrated and highly reliable.
*According to EN 10027-1

S 235
tensile strength 2 < 510 N\mm

S 275
tensile strength 2 < 560 N\mm

S 355
tensile strength 2 < 630 N\mm

assembled pin

assembled pin

not assembled pin

The TECNARIA stud connector can be fastened with the base plate turned either way. In the fastening phase it can adapt to a wide variety of steel deck patterns available on the market (base plate minimum dimensions = 38 mm). To get a correct application the sheet steel must adhere closely to the beam. The base material thickness must be > 8 mm. Total sheet thickness fastened may not exceed: 2 sheets x 1.0 mm or 1 sheet x 1.5 mm.
The connectors can be positioned any way. The connectors can be placed side by side, depending only on the dimensions.
The drawings are for illustrative purposes

Compatible with all commonly used profiled steel deck.

Examples of possible plan positions.


Between the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century there was a frequent use of " double T-shaped" beams with interposed bricks for the slab constructions. The structure was covered with a layer of lean mix for fill, designed to level the surface of the floor and form the bedding for the flooring.

These floors often require structural consolidation work as they are designed to carry moderate loads. A concrete cast, approximately 5 cm thick, reinforced with a welded wire mesh and fastened to the load bearing steel beams using the TECNARIA connectors, enables the adaptation of these structures to the actual construction requirements. The interposition of the connectors between the two elements inhibits slipping and forms a section where, as a result of the vertical loads, the steel is tensioned, while the concrete is compressed. The resulting composite structure exploits the peculiarities of the two materials, enhancing the performance of the floor in terms of strength as well as rigidity. The process consists of exposing the beam extrados, fastening the connectors, laying a suitable wire mesh and casting the concrete. Shoring the floor before the concrete layer is cast ensures that the composite section is active both as regards the weight of the structure itself and of the subsequently applied loads.

Example of arched floor slab

The chemical composition of the existing iron beams makes it difficult, if not impossible the welding of common connectors, because of the chemical composition of the steel and the presence of rust and mortar layers: the cold fastening with the TECNARIA connector efficaciously solves the problem, since the nails penetrate directly into the steel.

Connector's resistance in case of renovation

Connector Height 40 mm Slab Thickness 50-60 mm Pd*
Design shear resistance

Behaviour Stiff (not ductil)

22.5 kN

Shear Stud Connector

Data Sheet
The shear stud connector TECNARIA consist of: A) a round steel bar 12 mm diameter, with 18 mm head, obtained by cold heading from a steel bar. B) a rectangular base plate 4x38x50 mm. The steel bar and the base plate are cold riveted together. C) Two high-resistance nails, passing through 2 holes made in the plate. Nails length 22.5 mm, shank diameter 4.6 mm. All the components are zinc plated (8 m thickness) correspondant to 2 "Kesternich" cycls resistance

base plate 38 X 50 mm

Code CTF 12/40 CTF 12/60 CTF 12/70 CTF 12/80 CTF 12/90 CTF 12/105 CTF 12/125 CTF 12/135

diameter x connector height

12 X 40 mm 12 X 60 mm 12 X 70 mm 12 X 80 mm 12 X 90 mm 12 X105 mm 12 X125 mm 12 X135 mm



Different length: upon request.

Specifications: Zinc plated steel shear stud connector, 12 mm shank diameter with head, riveted to a 35 x 50 x 4 mm base plate, fastened into the steel structure by the means of 2 high resistance pins.

Push-out tests at Universiy of Padua (Italy)

Laboratory Tests
The connector's resistance to loading and the efficiency of the nailed (riveted) connection to the steel beam have been experimentally tested according to Eurocode 4 EN 1994-1-1 "Design of composite steel and concrete structures - Part 1.1: General rules and rules for builidings".

Push-out tests required for design have been carried out as described in Annex B of Eurocode. Besides load tests on simply supported composite beam have been conducted, including both beams connected to solid slab and beams with profiled steel sheeting. The stud's bending tests have been successfully carried out up to a 90 bending angle. The tests proved the optimum performance of the connector and of its single parts. Its high deformation capacity justifies the assumption of ideal plastic behaviour of the shear connection and allows redistribution of shear along the beam. The tests have been all carried out at the 'Laboratories of the Department of Structural and Transportation Engineering, University of Padua' (Italy).

Shear resistance
Following design shear resistances have been determined by push tests in accordance with requirements in Annex B of Eurocode 4.




Connector's height

Shear resistance Pd


Technical support: Prof. Eng. Romaro (Padua) Italy


Solid slab height 5-6 cm

40 mm

22.5 kN

Not - ductile

New structure

Steel sheeting # Hi-Bond 55 105 mm of total slab thickness

90 mm

18.2 kN


New structure

Steel sheeting # Hi-Bond 55 115 mm of total slab thickness Steel sheeting # Hi-Bond 55 135 mm of total slab thickness

105 mm

26.6 kN


New structure

125 mm

30.6 kN


The results are not affected by the direction of the connector's base plate.

TECNARIA connector's shear resistance with solid slabs
Shear resistance of Tecnaria connector with solid slab is not variable with concrete strength class (for classes higher than C20/25).
Connector's height Shear resistance Pd





solid slab
Solid slab slab thickness 15 cm 125 mm 30.6 kN Ductile

TECNARIA connector's shear resistance with profiled decking transverse to the supporting beam
Shear resistance depends on concrete class, on dimensions of ribs, and on connector's height. The resistance should be taken as the resistance in a solid slab multiplied by the reduction factor kt With hp < 85 mm e hp < b0

profiled decking

kt = 0,7

b0 hp

h hp

1 <1

Where: Nr is the number of stud connectors in one rib at a beam intersection, (not to exceed 2 in computations) and other symbols are as defined in figure.


steel deck barycentric axis

It is advised to choose: - connectors as high as possible (compatible with the cover over connector required); - profiled steel sheeting with ribs with high ratio width / height; - class concrete not lower than C25/30

a valuable tool

Tecnaria offers to the designers an useful application: a software for quick dimensioning composite steel concrete beams with Tecnaria connectors. The software con be downloaded for free at

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The software allows to design no-standard beams.



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