Institute of Fundamental Technological Research
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W. Sotomski

Warsaw University of Technology (PL)

Recent publications
1.  Giżejowski M.A., Karczewski J.A., Postek E., Sotomski W., Wierzbicki S., Witkowski J., Behaviour and modelling of semi-rigid structural frame systems, Botswana Journal of Technology, ISSN: 1019-1593, pp.51-61, 2003

A computational finite element model is developed to predict the load-deflection characteristic of portal frames with semi-rigid welded and bolted joints. Plate components of frame members and joints are modelled by thin shell finite elements while bolt connectors by springs with the force-deformation characteristic evaluated from test results. The computer software ABAQUS is used. Experimental investigations were designed in order to evaluate frame load deflection characteristics, joint local rotations, failure modes, and the contribution of end-plates and bolt connectors to the joint rotations. Theoretical results of frame load-deflection characteristics predicted with use of ABAQUS program are compared with the experimental results. The modelling of friction effect between the contact surfaces of bolted joints is verified to be the most important factor. The comparative analysis leads to the conclusion that the proposed advanced shell model can be very useful in the verification of simplified models being developed for practical applications.

semi-rigid connections, limit states analysis, experiments, variable load, finite element method

Giżejowski M.A. - Warsaw University of Technology (PL)
Karczewski J.A. - Warsaw University of Technology (PL)
Postek E. - IPPT PAN
Sotomski W. - Warsaw University of Technology (PL)
Wierzbicki S. - Warsaw University of Technology (PL)
Witkowski J. - Warsaw University of Technology (PL)

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