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Minimum degree of shear connection in composite beams, according to Eurocode 4 and other guidance

In this article Graham Couchman of SCI and former chairman of CEN/TC250/SC4 (the Eurocode 4 committee), considers why we have rules for minimum degree of shear connection, and what implications the upcoming changes to Eurocode 4 have for current UK practice. The rules are very much related to the resistance of shear connectors (hereafter simply referred to as studs), which are also changing – or maybe not?

In order to retain the accurate formatting of the equations in this technical paper, this article is available as a pdf download only.

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