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Steel: Braced Frame Connections

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Properly designed steel braced frames provide lateral strength and stiffness, as well as deformation capacity, such that the structure’s performance is reliable. Seismic loading can result in large forces in members and their connections, as well as deformation demands in braces, their connections, and the beam-to-column connection. Special Concentrically Braced Frames accommodate frame movement through brace buckling, which can impose additional connection deformations; this system also benefits from distributed yielding, including some connection contribution. This presentation will address:

  • Designing gussets for strength
  • Proportioning gussets for ductility
  • Rotation demands at beam-to-column connections
  • Accommodating brace buckling in SCBF
  • When to worry about the “chevron effect” (and when not to)

  • Course will award 1.5 hours of continuing education
  • This course is Diamond Review approved in 49 states. New York does not accept hours from recordings.
Please note: This webinar is part of the Seismic Connections Series and is not included in the NCSEA Webinar Subscription. The registration fee for the Series is $595 for members ($900 for nonmembers), which includes all 9 hours of education.


  • Rafael Sabelli, S.E.

    Rafael Sabelli, S.E., is a Senior Principal and Director of Seismic Design at Walter P Moore. Rafael has earned a Lifetime Achievement Award and a Special Achievement Award from AISC, as well as the T.R. Higgins Lectureship award. He is a member of the AISC Committee on Specifications, where he is vice-chair of Technical Committee on the Seismic Provisions, and a member of the AISC Committee on Manuals, where he is chair of the Seismic Design Manual committee. He is also the past President of the Structural Engineers Association of California.

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January 27, 2022
Thu 12:00 PM CST

Duration 1H 30M

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