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Cast-in plates design guide published

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Commissioned and funded by the BCSA and Steel for Life, a new SCI guide P416 is now available which provides guidance for the design of cast-in steel plates for connecting structural steel beams to concrete core walls.

This publication provides a model for the design of simple connections that transfer shear force due to permanent and variable loads and a non-coincident axial tie force resulting from an accidental load case.

It also points out additional issues which must be considered where coincident shear forces and axial forces are to be dealt with.

A sample design of a simple connection for a 610 serial size UB is presented, and the design of punching shear reinforcement for the wall is included.

“The publication provides a code-based model for the design of cast-in plates for making simple connections of steel beams to concrete walls. It suggests the division of responsibilities between building structural engineer and steelwork contractor,” said SCI Manager – Advisory Desk, Dr Richard Henderson.

SCI-P416 The design of cast-in plates is available on, the free encyclopedia for UK steel construction information.

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