Structural steel connections using RAM Connections

A 2 month course which takes you through the steps required to completely understand the use of RAM Connections in designing Steel structures

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A Quick Overview

One of the many fundamental requirements of structural engineering is to design a geometrically stable structure. Geometric stability is achieved with creating a proper load path. The transmission of loads from various structural members to the intended path is the main essence of this course. The course deals with various types of steel structural connections and their practical application. Industry ready latest software, including many critical theories are explained for better understanding on force transfer. 
 
This course will help you to learn in depth about steel connections. It will provide various loading applications along with an understanding of various code provisions. The entire process leads learning from a very basic type of shear connection to a far more detailed moment joints, extending potential to grasp structural behavior starting from simple pipe supports to detailed steel buildings. These are well thought out study modules which will create a more industry suitable mind for an Engineer. 

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COURSE SYLLABUS

1Concept of Steel connections and types of connections

  • Steel Member joints – Rigid Joint, Flexible joints, Semi-rigid joints
  • Force flow through connections and concept of force distribution
  • Types of Connection 
  • Difference between shear and axial connection 
  • Analysis and Design of Bolted connection & Welded connection

2Concept of Moment connection & Base Plate

  • Concept of Force flow in Moment Connection / Rigid Joint
  • Analysis and design of a moment joint
  • Concept of force flow in Base plate connection 
  • Types of base plate connections 
  • Analysis and design of Pinned type base plate

3RAM Connection – Shear Connection Design

  • Introduction to RAM Connection GUI
  • Web Side Plate Beam Column Flange Connection
  • Web Side Plate Beam Girder Connection

4RAM Connection – Shear Connection Design (Continued)

  • Clip Angle Beam Column Connection
  • Clip Angle Beam Girder Connection 
  • Welded Beam Column Connection

5RAM Connection – Shear Connection Design

  • End Plate Beam to Column Shear Joint
  • Seating Angle Beam to Column Shear Joint
  • Seating Angle Beam to Column Web Joint

6RAM Connection – Moment Connection Design

  • Web Side Plate BCW
  • Moment Angle Connection BCF
  • Moment Connection End Plate with Haunch

7RAM Connection – Base Plate Connections

  • Base Plate module Introduction 
  • Pinned type Base Plate Connection
  • Fixed type Uniaxial Base Plate Connection
  • Fixed type Biaxial Base Plate Connection

8RAM Connection – Splice Plate Connections

  • Bolted Splice Flange Plate connection for Beam splice
  • Bolted Splice Flange Plate connection for Columns splice
  • Bolted Splice Web Plate connection for Beam splice

9StaadPro Connection Module - I

  • Introduction to connection module in Staad
  • Shear Connections method of design 
  • Moment Connection method of design

10StaadPro Connection Module - II

  • End Plate connection 
  • Splice Plate design 
  • Gusset Connection 


Projects Overview

Project 1

Highlights

Design and optimize typical shear, moment and Splice joints in RAM Connection for the following structure modelled in Staad Pro. 

Structure: A 2D portal frame fixed support spanning 15m with a pitched roof ridge height of 12m, slope of 4 degrees. A uniformly distributed load of 10kN/m is applied on the roof beams. Optimize the beams and columns for 85% utilization and consider splice joints at 6m from base and 3m from beam column joints. Consider a hanger beam shear connected with column support of 4m height at 3m from beam-column corner joint carrying 5kN/m load. Use hot rolled sections. 

Project 2

Highlights

Design and optimize typical shear, moment and Splice joints in Staad Connection module for the following structure modelled in STAAD.Pro and generate a report.

Design and optimize braced connection (use US standard connections) in RAM Connection. 

Structure: A 2D portal frame fixed support spanning 15m with a pitched roof ridge height of 12m with eaves height of 11.5m. A uniformly distributed load of 10kN/m is applied on the roof beams. Optimize the beams and columns for 85% utilization and consider splice joints at 6m from base and 3m from beam column joints. Consider a hanger beam shear connected with column support of 4m height at 3m from beam-column corner joint carrying 5kN/m vertical load and 5kN horizontal load, hanger beam end is tied with a brace to the eave. 


Flexible Course Fees

Choose the plan that’s right for you

Basic

2 Months Access

$92.89

Per month for 3 months

  • Access Duration : 2 Months
  • Mode of Delivery : Online
  • Project Portfolio : Available
  • Certification : Available
  • Email Support : Available
  • Forum Support : Available
Premium

Lifetime Access

$199.05

Per month for 3 months

  • Access Duration : Lifetime
  • Mode of Delivery : Online
  • Project Portfolio : Available
  • Certification : Available
  • Individual Video Support : 12/ Month
  • Group Video Support : 12/ Month
  • Email Support : Available
  • Forum Support : Available
  • Telephone Support : Available
  • Dedicated Support Engineer : Available

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR ?


  • 3rd year & 4th Year Civil Engineering bachelor degree students, B.Tech / Polytechnic / Diploma passed out

SOFTWARE COVERED

RAM Connection & StaadPro Connection Module

RAM Connection is a steel connection design software from Bentley Products. The software supports various design codes, e.g. US, UK, Indian, Australian standards etc.
STAAD.Pro Connection Module is a design module inside STAAD.Pro software. The software is widely used for structural analysis and design. It is equipped with various modules e.g. Steel Connection, Foundation design, Piping design etc. Supported with US, UK, Indian, Chinese etc design standards.


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Certification

  • Top 5% of the class will get a merit certificate
  • Course completion certificates will be provided to all students
  • Build a professional portfolio
  • Automatically link your technical projects
  • E-verified profile that can be shared on LinkedIn

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Frequently Asked Questions

1Who can take this course?

3rd year & 4th Year Civil Engineering bachelor degree students, B.Tech / Polytechnic / Diploma passed out 

2What is included in this course?

Brief understanding of structural steel connections & Software applications of steel connections design and procedure 

3What will the student gain from this course?

  • Complete understanding of how to approach a steel connection design
  • Practical knowledge on how to use a commercial software for designing a steel connection. 

4What software skills are you teaching and how well are these tools used in the industry?

RAM Connection, Steel Connection module of STAAD.Pro Connect. Extensively used in the industry. 

5What is the real world application for the tools and techniques will you teach in this course?

Used for designing steel member connections. 

6Which companies use these techniques and for what?

Consulting engineering companies such as AECOM, L&T, Jacobs use such applications.  

7How does this course help you in your path to MS or PhD?

This course is focused on helping students cope with the vast gap between commercial consulting engineering services and university level knowledge. This course is not meant for helping candidates pursue MS / PhD but certainly it will develop better understanding on steel member connections and force flow.  

8How is this course going to help you get a job?

Learning about commercially used software is going to be an added advantage in job interviews.  


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