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Experimental and numerical study of structural damping in a beam with bolted splice connection


  • Ognjen Mijatović University of Banja Luka
  • Aleksandar Borković Graz University of Technology
  • Matija Guzijan-Dilber Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University
  • Zoran Mišković Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade
  • Ratko Salatić Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade
  • Rastislav Mandić Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade
  • Valentina Golubović-Bugarski University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering



bolted beam splice connection, nonlinear dynamic analysis, structural damping, frictional contact


The objective of this research is to develop a numerical model of one widely used bolted beam splice connection that dissipates energy through the structural damping. The reference experimental setup is carefully designed such that the highly nonlinear dynamic response due to the suddenly released load is obtained. The fact that the monolithic beam with welded connection has a linear response is utilized for the initial calibration of the numerical and experimental models. Then, the numerical model of bolted beam splice connection is verified and adopted through an iterative process. The influences of time and spatial integration, bolt load application, element type, contact formulation, bulk viscosity, and mass scaling are discussed. A special attention is given to the load application and load release functions. After the verification, the Abaqus/Explicit numerical model is validated through the comparison with experimental data, where an appropriate friction coefficient is adopted. It is demonstrated that the nonlinear structural damping occurs due to the complex micro slip behavior at the contact interface.


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Author Biography

Ognjen Mijatović, University of Banja Luka

Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy

Department of Mechanics and Theory of Structures