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Introduction of the Intermeshed Steel Connection—A New Universal Steel Connection

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School of Civil Engineering, University College Dublin, D04 V1W8 Dublin, Ireland
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Center for Urban Science and Progress & Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University, New York, NY 10003, USA
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Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
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Department of Civil Engineering, Queens University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, UK
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School of Natural and Built Environment, Queens University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, UK
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School of Natural and Built Environment, Queens University Belfast and College of Engineering and Informatics, National University of Ireland, H91 TK33 Galway, Ireland
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Currently Department of Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Delft University of Technology, 2628 CN Delft, The Netherlands.
Currently South Eastern Applied Materials Research Centre, Waterford Institute of Technology, X91 TX03 Waterford, Ireland.
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Currently Punch Consulting Engineers, A96 C7W7 Dublin, Ireland.
Buildings 2020, 10(3), 37; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings10030037
Received: 5 January 2020 / Revised: 26 January 2020 / Accepted: 16 February 2020 / Published: 25 February 2020
Digital manufacturing has transformed many industries but has had only a limited impact in the construction sector. To capitalize on advanced manufacturing techniques, this paper introduces a radically new connection approach for gravity structural steel frames. The proposed intermeshed steel connection (ISC) exploits robotic abilities to cut structural steel member ends precisely to accelerate deployment and offer better disassembly options over existing approaches. Forces are transferred through common bearing surfaces at multiple contact points, and connections can be secured by small locking pieces. This paper introduces the geometry, manufacturing, and initial analysis and test results of the connection. The paper demonstrates the ability of the connection to (1) be manufactured within current industrial tolerances, (2) be erected and disassembled, and (3) perform at expected design levels. View Full-Text
Keywords: structural steel; connection; advanced manufacturing; disassembly; rapid construction structural steel; connection; advanced manufacturing; disassembly; rapid construction
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Al-Sabah, S.; Laefer, D.F.; Truong Hong, L.; Phuoc Huynh, M.; Le, J.-L.; Martin, T.; Matis, P.; McGetrick, P.; Schultz, A.; Shemshadian, M.E.; Dizon, R. Introduction of the Intermeshed Steel Connection—A New Universal Steel Connection. Buildings 2020, 10, 37.

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