Structural Engineers Association of New York

T.R. Higgins Lecture: Gusset Plates: The Evolution of Simplified Design Models

  • 27 Oct 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:10 PM
  • Zoom

Registration

  • Zoom Link will be sent anytime between 4:00 pm on October 26, 2020, to 11:30 am on October 27, 2020.
  • Zoom Link will be sent anytime between 4:00 pm on October 26, 2020, to 11:30 am on October 27, 2020.
  • Zoom Link will be sent anytime between 4:00 pm on October 26, 2020, to 11:30 am on October 27, 2020.

Register

Join 2020 Higgins Award Winner Bo Dowswell, P.E., Ph.D. as he presents on "Gusset Plates: The Evolution of Simplified Design Models." 

Each year, AISC's T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award recognizes an outstanding lecturer and author whose technical paper or papers, published during the eligibility period, are considered an outstanding contribution to the engineering literature on fabricated structural steel.

Description

In the design of steel structures, each member is isolated and evaluated using the appropriate AISC Specification requirements. Similarly, gusset plate connections can be complex structural systems that are separated into several elements for design purposes. The behavior of these gusset plate elements can be captured with simple design models, where portions of the plate are treated as structural members with well-documented and predictable behavior. This presentation will provide a brief history of gusset plate design methods and discuss their evolution over the last century. Current design provisions will be discussed, where column and beam models are used to predict the strength of gusset plates in various configurations, including wrap-around gusset plates.

Bo Dowswell started in the steel industry in 1985 as a detailer. Since then, he earned BS, MS, and PhD degrees from Auburn University and The University of Alabama at Birmingham. As a professional engineer, his design practice focuses on steel structures. Currently, he is principal of both SDS Consulting, a design firm, and ARC International, which specializes in research and consulting. Bo Dowswell is also an adjunct professor at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, where his research and teaching is concentrated on steel connection design. Additionally, he provides consulting services for the AISC Steel Solutions Center.

Bo Dowswell is the author of AISC Design Guide 33--Curved Member Design, and he regularly publishes technical articles on steel design. He is a member of several AISC Committees, including the Committee on Specifications, the Committee on Manuals, the Committee on Research, and the Task Group on Industrial Buildings and Nonbuilding Structures. Bo Dowswell is also a member of the Structural Stability Research Council, where his activities are primarily related to connection element and beam stability.


1 PDH LU Credit Offered

Credits will be sent out one per registration and there may be a virtual sign in and out.

Registration closes 12:00 pm October 26, 2020

Zoom Link will be sent anytime between 4:00 pm on October 26, 2020 to 11:30 am on October 27, 2020.


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