Analysis of the Behaviour of Stainless Steel Bolted Connections

This paper by A Bouchair was published in the Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Volume 64 Issue 11, November 2008. It is a study focusing on cover plate connections and T stubs in austenitic stainless steel structures. The bolts in these connections are loaded in shear or in tension. It is found that the deformation limits in bearing on the plate connections have to be considered and strain hardening of stainless steels can influence the failure mode on the T-stubs. An FE model is developed and validated. It is concluded that a more extensive study should be carried out to develop the understanding of behaviour in stainless steel connections.