TENSILE RUPTURE STRENGTH OF SINGLE-BOLT CONNECTIONS IN PULTRUDED STRUCTURES
Weinmann, Blaine Madison
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This thesis presents a simplified design approach to estimate the tensile rupture strength of single-bolt connections in pultruded structures similar to those of civil engineering metallic structures. The proposed design equation allows the engineer to estimate the net-section tensile strength based on the connection geometry and the tensile material strength from the literature or manufacturer’s data, if measured according to ASTM D5766. The work is supported by results of 60 existing single-bolt connection tests subjected to tensile loading and conducting 27 new tests. The proposed approach can be readily integrated into design practice as a substitute for the current approach in the ASCE Pre-Standard (2010).