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Yielding and Fracture in Steel Design: From Trash Bags to Treasure

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Best in 5 Minutes: Demonstrating Interactive Teaching Activities

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Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering

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Anthony Battistini Angelo State University

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Dr. Anthony Battistini is an Assistant Professor in the David L. Hirschfeld Department of Engineering at Angelo State University. He received his BSCE (2007) degree from Lehigh University and an MS (2009) and PhD (2014) degree from The University of Texas at Austin. His expertise is in structural design, with an emphasis in steel bridge structures and connections. Prior to his current institution, Dr. Battistini also held assistant professor positions at Washington State University (2013-2014) and George Mason University (2014-2017). Throughout his career, his primary responsibility as a faculty member has been teaching students, for which he aspires to provide them with a quality and enjoyable experience.

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When explaining the concept of yielding and fracture to steel design students, it is best to use a visual demonstration to characterize the behavior. While performing a steel tension coupon test or full steel bolted connection test would be ideal, it is not always possible to include during class and many steel design courses do not require a laboratory component. The following paper will describe how the author uses trash bags with bolt holes to describe the concepts of yielding and fracture, while also introducing a little bit of comedy into the classroom. Answers to the most common student questions are also provided.

Battistini, A. (2020, June), Yielding and Fracture in Steel Design: From Trash Bags to Treasure Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35715

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