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Survey | Designing steel to concrete connections

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How confident do you feel designing steel to concrete connections? Share your views through New Civil Engineer’s confidential survey.

Correctly designing steel to concrete connections is a safety-critical part of a civil engineers’ role. Be it bridges or buildings, ensuring an effective and durable connection between steel and concrete is a consistent, crucial consideration for any design engineer.

Currently one of the key challenges facing engineers designing steel to concrete connections is that there is limited software available – with an integral approach – to assess the interaction of all the components (base material, steel plate, anchors, welds, stiffeners) and do the checking needed based on approved and accepted standards.

It means designing the connections can be time consuming – it can take up to three to four hours just to complete one full solution – and because there is no set template or standard, the conclusion to each design follows no set path which could lead to under or over specified solutions.

New Civil Engineer is therefore carrying out a survey to understand of how engineers design steel to concrete connections using post installed anchors (mechanical or bonded) and the interaction between the different elements around it (base material, steel plate, anchors, weld and stiffeners).

New Civil Engineer wants to analyse how engineers make use of different resources to assess the connection as a whole to deliver a workable and sustainable solution.



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