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06.21.2022 | An Adaptation of the Uniform Force Method

The Uniform Force Method (UFM) is a powerful tool to facilitate rational, economical design of gusset plates. As presented in literature, the baseline case for the UFM has gusset-flange interface forces centered on the centroid of the gusset edges; deviations from this are allowed for existing connections and accounted for by considering eccentricity. Bracing connections with high force demand can cause with local shear in both the beam and the column. By adapting the UFM to minimize shear in these members, further economy can be achieved. This presentation explains the adaptations and illustrates the design example in the 4th Quarter 2021 AISC Engineering Journal paper by Sabelli, Saxey, Li, and Thornton.

  • 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.