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BOLTED STEEL CONNECTIONS WITH 3-D JACKET PLATES AND TENSION RODS Inventor:
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ABSTRACT

WeiHong Yang, Sunnyvale, CA

This neW versatile steel connection has three unique features:

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(1) utilizes three dimensional connection plates in a simple


and consistent manner, and is suitable for all possible con

12/804,602
Apr. 19, 2010

nection type that is made of steel W-sections; (2) uses through the depth steel rods, coupled With typical Web stiffeners to
transfer shear and bending moment across the connection. The shear transfer mechanism is similar to stirrups in rein

forced concrete beams; (3) all components and parts can be

prefabricated in shop, and conveniently bolted together at


Publication Classi?cation

?eld. The merits of the connections include higher strength

and ductility, stronger yet simpler connections, higher qual


ity, small components for easy storage and transportation. In
one Word, it eliminates all of the inherent drawbacks and problems of conventional bolted and/ or Welded connections.

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