BOLTED CONNECTIONS
Dr S R Satish Kumar, IIT Madras 2
Introduction
Bolted Connections
Bolts and Bolting
Force Transfer Mechanism
Failure of Connections
In shear
In tension
Combined shear and tension
Block shear
CONTENTS
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INTRODUCTION
Designed more conservatively than members because they are more
complex to analyse and discrepancy between analysis and design is
large
In case of overloading, failure in member is preferred to failure in
connection
Connections account for more than half the cost of structural steel
work
Connection design has influence over member design
Similar to members, connections are also classified as idealised types
Effected through rivets, bolts or weld
Codal Provisions
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Shear Connections
a) Lap Connection b) Butt Connection
support
(a)
(b)
Tension Connection and Tension plus Shear Connection
TYPES OF CONNECTIONS !
Single
shear
Double
shear
Classification based on type of force in the bolts
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BOLTS AND BOLTING
Bolt Grade: Grade 4.6 : f
u
= 40 kgf/mm
2
and f
y
= 0.6*40 = 24 kgf/mm
2
Bolt Types: Black, Turned & Fitted, High Strength Friction Grip
Black Bolts:
usually Gr.4.6,
made snug tight,
ductile and cheap,
only static loads
Turned & Fitted;
Gr.4.6 to 8.8,
Close tolerance drilled holes,
0.2% proof stress
HSFG Bolts:
Gr.8.8 to 10.9,
less ductile,
excellent under dynamic/fatigue loads
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Bolt Shear Transfer Free Body Diagram
(a) Bearing Connection
(b) Friction Connection
T
Frictional Force T
Clamping Force, P
O
Bearing stresses
Tension
in bolt
T
T
T
Clamping Force, P
O
FORCE TRANSFER MECHANISM
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snugtight
position
turn
position
Tightening of HSFG bolts
Feeler gauge
TIGHTENING OF HSFG BOLTS
1) Turnofnut Tightening
2) Calibrated Wrench Tightening
3) Alternate Design Bolt Installation
4) Direct Tension Indicator Method
(a) Standard (b) Oversized
(c )Short Slot
(d) Long slot
Hole types for HSFG bolts
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FAILURE OF CONNECTIONS
(a) Shearing of Bolts
(b) Bearing on Bolts
(c) Bearing on Plates
Zone of
plastification
Fig. 9 Shear Connections with Bearing Bolts
P
s
= p
s
A
s
where A
s
= 0.8A
P
bb
= p
bb
d t
P
bs
= p
bs
d t s e t p
bs
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10.3.2 Shear capacity of bolt
( )
mb
/
sb
A
s
n
nb
A
n
n
u
f
sb
V + =
3
10.3.1.1 Reduction factor in shear for Long Joints
1.0
lj
0.75 but
/200d)
j
(l 1.075
lj
s s
= 
10.3.1.2 Reduction factor in shear for Large Grip Lengths

lg
=8 d /(3 d+l
g
)
10.3.2.3 Reduction factor for Packing Plates

pk
=(1  0.0125 t
pk
)
10.3 Bearing Type Bolts
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10.3.3 Bearing Capacity of bolt on any ply
10.3.4 Tension Capacity
10.3.5 Bolt subjected to combined shear and tension
10.3 Bearing Type Bolts
V
sb
= (2.5 d t f
u
)/
mb
T
b
=(0.90 f
ub
A
n
)/
mb
< (f
yb
A
sb
(
m1
/
m0
))/
mb
0 . 1
2 2
s


.

\

+


.

\

nd
T
e
T
sd
V
V
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FAILURE OF CONNECTIONS1
Shear Connections with HSFG Bolts
(a) Slip Resistance
(b) Bearing on Plates
K
h
=1.0 (clearance hole)
= 0.45 (untreated surfaces)
F
o
= proof load
V
sf
= (
f
n
e
K
h
F
o
)/
mf
V
bf
= (2.2 d t f
up
) /
mf
< (3 d t f
yp
)/ /
mf
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Where,
f
= coeff. of friction (slip factor) as in Table 10.2 (
f
< 0.55)
n
e
= number of effective interfaces offering frictional resistance to slip
K
h
= 1.0 for fasteners in clearance holes
= 0.85 for fasteners in oversized and short slotted holes
= 0.7 for fasteners in long slotted holes loaded parallel to the slot.
mf
= 1.10 (if slip resistance is designed at service load)
mf
= 1.25 (if slip resistance is designed at ultimate load)
F
o
= minimum bolt tension (proof load) at installation ( 0.8 A
sb
f
o
)
A
sb
= shank area of the bolt
f
o
= proof stress (= 0.70 f
ub
)
Note: V
ns
may be evaluated at a service load or ultimate load using
appropriate partial safety factors, depending upon whether slip resistance
is required at service load or ultimate load.
10.4.1 Slip resistance
V
sf
= (
f
n
e
K
h
F
o
)/
mf
10.4 Friction Grip Type Bolting
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TABLE 10.2 TYPICAL AVERAGE VALUES FOR
COEFFICIENT OF FRICTION (
f
)
Clean mill scale
0.33
Sand blasted surface
0.48
Red lead painted surface
0.1
Treatment of surface
Coefficient
of friction
(
f
)
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10.4 Friction Grip Type Bolting
10.4.2 Bearing capacity
10.4.3 Tension capacity
10.4.4 Combined Shear and Tension
Reduction factor in shear for Long Joints will apply here
V
bf
= (2.2 d t f
up
) /
mf
< (3 d t f
yp
)/ /
mf
T
f
=(0.9 f
u
A)/ /
mf
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(b) HSFG
Connection
Bearing type
connection
2T
T
T
2T
T
o
T
o
T
o
+AT T
o
+AT
Proof Load
Po
Bolt
force
B kN
Applied load 2T (kN)
HSFG
Bearing
type
( c) External Tension
versus bolt force
BOLTS UNDER TENSION AND PRYING EFFECT
(d) Prying Effect
Q Q
B
A
b
n
T+Q
2T
T+Q
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10.4 Friction Grip Type Bolting
10.4.5 Prying Force
(
(
(
=
2
v
l
e
l 27
4
t
e
b
o
f
e
T
e
l 2
v
l
Q

 = 2 for nonpretensioned and 1 for pretensioned
= 1.5 for LSM
b
e
= effective width of flange per pair of bolts
(Conti.)
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Bolt strengths
Bolt grade
4.6
8.8
Shear strength p
s
160
375
Bearing strength p
bb
435
970
Tension strength p
t
195
450
Steel grade
ST42S
Gr.43
Gr.50
Bearing bolts p
bs
418
460
550
HSFG bolts p
bg
650
825
1065
Table 1 Bolt Strengths in Clearance Holes in MPa
Table 2 Bearing Strengths of Connected Parts in MPa
DESIGN STRENGTHS FOR BOLTED CONNECTIONS
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10.5.9 Stresses due to Individual forces
10.5.10 Combination of stresses
10.5.10.1 Fillet welds
Combined bearing, bending and shear
w t
a
l t
P
q or f =
2
q 3
br
f
b
f
2
br
f
2
b
f
e
f + + + =
mw
u
f
q
a
f
e
f
3
2
3
2
s + =
(Conti.)
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10.2 Fasteners spacing and edge distance
10.2.1 Minimum Spacing  2.5 times the nominal diameter
10.2.2 Maximum Spacing  shall not exceed 32t or 300 mm,
whichever is less, where t is thickness of the thinner plate
10.2.2.2 pitch shall not exceed 16t or 200 mm, in tension members
and 12t or 200 mm, whichever is less, in compression members
10.2.3 Edge and End Distances minimum edge shall be not less
than that given in Table 10.1. maximum edge distance should not
exceed 12 tc, where c = (250/f
y
)
1/2
10.2.4 Tacking Fasteners spacing in line not exceeding 32t or 300
mm If exposed to the weather, 16 t or 200 mm
max. spacing in tension members 1000 mm
max. spacing in compression members 600 mm
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GENERAL ISSUES IN CONNECTION DESIGN
M = Td
Standard Connections (a) moment
connection (b) simple connection
e
V
T
C
d V
(a) (b)
Assumptions in traditional analysis
Connection elements are assumed to
be rigid compared to the connectors
Connector behaviour is assumed to
be linearly elastic
Distribution of forces arrived at by
assuming idealized load paths
Provide stiffness according to the
assumed behaviour
ensure adequate ductility and rotation
capacity
provide adequate margin of safety
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Analysis of Bolt Groups
Combined Shear and Moment inPlane
Combined Shear and Moment outofplane
Beam and Column Splices
Beam to Column Connections
Beam to Beam Connections
Truss Connections
Fatigue Behaviour
CONTENTS 1
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Concentric Connections
(a)
(b)
Moment Connections
(a)
(b)
TYPES OF CONNECTIONS
Classification based on type of resultant force transferred
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COMBINED SHEAR AND MOMENT IN PLANE
Bolt group eccentrically
loaded in shear
u
P
r
i
R
mi
O
x
y
Bolt shear due to P
x
and P
y
R
xi
= P
x
/n and R
yi
= P
y
/n
M = P
x
y + P
y
x
R
mi
= k r
i
M
i
= k r
i
2
MR = E k r
i
2
= k E r
i
2
Bolt shear due to M
R
mi
=M r
i
/E r
i
2
( ) ( )  
2 2
sin cos
i mi yi i mi xi i
R R R R R u u + + + =
(
(
+
+ +
(
(
+
+ =
2
2 2
2
2 2
) ( ) (
i i
i
y
i i
i x
i
y x
Mx
n
P
y x
My
n
P
R
Combined shear
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COMBINED SHEAR AND MOMENT OUTOFPLANE
Bolt group resisting outofplane moment
T
i
d
l
i
L
i
NA
d/6
L
i
(a) (b) (c)
C
T
i
= kl
i
where k = constant
M = E T
i
L
i
= k E l
i
L
i
T
i
= Ml
i
/E l
i
L
i
Shear assumed to be shared equally and bolts
checked for combined tension+(prying)+shear
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BEAM AND COLUMN SPLICE
Bolted Beam Splice
(a)Conventional
Splice
(b) EndPlate
Splice
Strength, stiffness and ease in erection
Assumptions in
Rolledsection
& Plate Girders
Column Splices bearing type or HSFG moment splices
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BEAMTOCOLUMN CONNECTIONS
(a) Simple transfer only shear at nominal eccentricity
Used in nonsway frames with bracings etc.
Used in frames upto 5 storeys
(b) Semirigid model actual behaviour but make analysis
difficult (linear springs or Adv.Analysis). However lead
to economy in member designs.
(c) Rigid transfer significant endmoments undergoing
negligible deformations. Used in sway frames for
stability and contribute in resisting lateral loads and
help control sway.
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BEAMTOCOLUMN CONNECTIONS
Simple beamtocolumn connections a) Clip and seating angle
b) Web cleats c) Curtailed end plate
e
(a) (b) (c)
(a) Economical when automatic saw and drill lines are available
Check end bearing and stiffness of seating angle
Clip angle used for torsional stability
(b) If depth of cleats < 0.6d design bolts for shear only
(c) Eliminates need to drill holes in the beam. Limit depth and thickness
t < /2 (Gr.8.8) and /3 (Gr.4.6)
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BEAMTOCOLUMN CONNECTIONS
Rigid beamtocolumn connections a) Short end plate
b) Extended end plate c) Haunched
column
web
stiffeners
diagonal
stiffener
web
plate
(a) (b) (c)
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BEAMTOBEAM AND
TRUSS CONNECTIONS
(a) Apex Connection
Truss Connections
(b) Support connection
Gusset
Plate
Splice
plate
Gusset
Plate
e
support
Beambeam connections similar to beamcolumn connections
Moment continuity may be obtained between secondary beams
Check for torsion in primary beams
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FATIGUE BEHAVIOUR
Fatigue leads to initiation and growth of cracks under fluctuating stresses
even below the yield stress of the material (Highcycle fatigue)
Fatigue cracks grow from points of stress concentrations
To avoid stress concentrations in bolted connections
Use gusset plates of proper shape
Use match drilling
Use HSFG bolts
Fatigue also depends on range of stress fluctuations and reversal of stress
pretensioned HSFG avoid reversals but lead to fretting corrosion
Fatigue design carried out by means of an SN curve on a loglog scale
Components are designed below the endurance limit
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