BEng(Hons), CEng, FIStructE, MICE
Structural Science Ltd.
As you can see in Figure 1, the steel bolted stay connection or cleats consists of a thin baseplate with a welded fin plate connecting the angle stay between the base and walls or the wall corners of the tank and can be subjected to 75 kN design tension force in normal cases.
Historically, design is normally undertaken by hand calculations and verification of connections has been confirmed by preparing expensive full scale laboratory testing of components and testing full scale site mock ups of tanks.
The stay connection has been analyzed with IDEA StatiCa, and the below screen shots summaries the procedure:
Figure 4, describes the overall arrangement of the connection with bolts and welds with 75 kN design axial load to the stays.
Figure 5, highlights the equivalent stress plots indicating the areas of highly stressed components and
Figure 6, indicates developed plastic strains on the baseplate.
Of course, except from pure analysis results, more importantly, IDEA StatiCa provides the overall EC/AISC checks for all elements, as it is shown in Fig.7, giving us very clear Pass/Fail results (Fig.8)
Fig.9 – Deformed shape representation help the engineer to have a better understanding of the connection’s behavior
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