Solon® Belleville Springs Prevent Damage to Structural Connections During Seismic Activity

Belleville springs have been successfully tested to considerably reduce damage in structural systems that are subjected to severe earthquakes. Joint integrity is obviously critical in any structural connection; however, if the connection is too rigid, it can be prone to damage during seismic activity.

Solon Manufacturing Co. recently worked closely with the University of Auckland Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in New Zealand to design and test a live loaded bolted connection using Solon® Belleville Springs. The conclusion of this study was that optimum use of Belleville springs in asymmetric friction sliding structural connections (a sliding hinge joint beam-to-column connection) prevents damage to structural members.

George Davet, VP and Chief Engineer at Solon Mfg. co-authored an article titled Stiffness-Based Approach for Belleville Spring Use in Friction Sliding Structural Connections recently published in the Journal of Constructional Steel Research. To learn more about the benefits of using Belleville springs in friction sliding connections, complete the form to download the article.




Stiffness-based approach for Belleville springs use in friction sliding structural connections

Journal of Constructional Steel Research


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