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Evolution of historical riveted connections: joining typologies, installation techniques and calculation methods


Q. Collette, I. Wouters & L. Lauriks
Department of Architectural Engineering (ARCH), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Evolution of historical riveted connections: joining typologies, installation techniques and calculation methods
STREMAH_2011_Rivets_by_Quentin-Collette.pdf (318 KB)

Riveting was one of the major joining techniques used for the assembly of iron and steel structures. Being widely used since 1860, today most of the existing riveted structures need maintenance and possibly strengthening.

This research aims to improve the existing knowledge on this type of fasteners in order to stimulate less intrusive interventions during renovation, respecting the historical character of these structures.

Morphogenesis of the Theory and Design Principles of Riveted Connections in Historical Iron and Steel Structures


By Quentin Collette

Morphogenesis of the Theory and Design Principles of Riveted Connections in Historical Iron and Streel Structures
SAHC-2012_050-by-Quentin-Collette.pdf (5 MB)

This paper provides insights into the design principles of historical riveted joints by examining the content of the former calculation methods and their evolution over time. By investigating these theoretical foundations, this study reveals possible design errors and clarified the design choices made by engineers of that time.