Advanced finite element modelling of flexible end-plate beam-to-column joints in fire

Khalifa S. Al-Jabri*, Farooq Al-Jahwari

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This paper presents a finite element analysis procedure developed to study the behavior of a flexible end-plate connection between steel beams and a column at elevated temperatures and generates temperature-rotation diagrams that describe the behavior of the connection. The analysis used a highly detailed three dimensional finite element model that is created using the commercial ABAQUS software. The steel connection properties are selected in a way that reflects commonly used connections in steel framed buildings. The results of the finite element model are calibrated and compared to the results of experimental fire tests conducted on similar connections. The results show that the predicted behavior of the joints is in a good agreement with actual behavior of the joints. A regression model is developed to describe the behavior of flexible end-plate joints in fire.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-80
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Structural Fire Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


  • Elevated temperature
  • Finite element modeling
  • Fire
  • Flexible end-plate
  • Joints
  • Regression model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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