Standardization of Embedded Plates for Design, Fabrication and Construction Economy

Ian Chin (M. Sc.)

Dr. Driver, Dr. Tomlinson


This research project aims to improve the efficiency of the embedded plate design process since they are very common in buildings, but often designed individually. The focus of this research specifically is cast-in embedded plates with welded-on headed studs because of its prevalence in the industry, and relatively easy construction process. Currently, there are disagreements between not only the design standards, but also with the loading assumptions made by different designers.  This raises doubts in the safety and efficiency of current designs, and designers and steel fabricators are pushed to complete projects faster and cheaper. It will be important to have design guides that are easy to use and provide efficient and safe designs.  Through full scale laboratory testing, and consultations with designers, steel fabricators and erectors, this research will propose a set of standardized embedded plates for common loading conditions to improve the efficiency of the design process, while ensuring the safety of the connection.


Caine Smithaniuk (M. Sc.)

Dr. Driver, Dr. Tomlinson

Caine's research extends the standardization of embedded plates for steel/reinforced concrete connections. The current research pertains to precast plates with welded headed studs loaded perpendicularly to the concrete edge. The standardization project will improve the efficiency of the design and construction process, as well as ensure the safety of said designs. Currently, Caine is in the literature review stages of his research, as stakeholders decide on the next steps for the program. One option is to carry on the current work, but modify the loading conditions, or swap the precast plates for post installed anchors. The effect of relaxing some assumptions that have been made in past research could also be explored. Regardless of the path forward, Caine will look to achieve the same goal as the current research, which is to increase the efficiency of the design and construction processes, as well as ensure the safety of the connection. 








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