A NEW steel frame connector which is claimed to cut erection time by half and improve site safety will be used commercially for the first time in January.
Recently dubbed Quicon and aimed mainly at the commercial development sector, the simple steelwork connection has been under development at the Steel Construction Institute for two years (NCE 5 July).
Quicon's first use is to be on a two-storey, 36,000m 2warehouse with office space in Dartford being constructed as a design and build project by contractor Fitzpatrick.
Use of the system has been promoted by steelwork sub-contractor Caunton Engineering, which is working with the SCI on an extensive structural testing programme at Salford University.
'Because there are no established design rules, we are confirming the connection details by testing, ' explained SCI deputy director Bassam Burgen.
The connection uses a T-piece with slots in its web. The slots are shaped to allow the heads of studs attached to beam ends to pass through, with the shank of the stud moving down into the narrower part of the slot.
Steel erection is due to begin on 21 January, and the Department of Trade and Industry has commissioned a report on the results which will be available in March.
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