Five research proposals deemed impactful for the reliability, performance, and cost-competitiveness of cold-formed steel (CFS) framing products have been selected by the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Standards Council for its 2018 Small Project Fellowship Program. Launched in 2014, projects are selected based on several factors, including the potential for long-term impact on the industry; steel industry engagement and co-funding; and results for the AISI standards development committees, the student, and the academic institution.
“The research conducted through the Small Project Fellowship Program since 2014 has advanced our knowledge of cold-formed steel behavior and established improved design methods for a variety of cold-formed steel applications,” said Jay Larson, P.Eng., managing director of AISI’s Construction Technical Program. “By combining academic and industry expertise and sharing funding with several partners, the program has engaged academia, industry, and students in unique opportunities for mentoring and research while delivering results to the industry in a cost-effective and efficient manner.”
This year’s winning research proposals are:
- “Thermal Bridging in Cold-formed Steel Structures” (University of Massachusetts Amherst);
- “Investigation on Bolted Connections in Cold-formed Steel Members Using 1429 SAE Bolts” (University of North Texas);
- “Connector Shear Capacity Limited by Edge Distance in Cold-formed Steel Design” (Cold-formed Steel Research Consortium);
- “Review of AISI S100 Provisions for Screw Connections in Shear and Tension” (University of Florida); and
- “Inelastic Lateral-torsional Buckling Strength Validation for Non-Principal Axis Bending Using Numerical Methods” (Cold-formed Steel Research Consortium).