9

Column Splices and Bases

9.1 Introduction

This chapter deals with column splices and column bases. A column splice means the joining of two parts of a column whereas a column base transfers forces and moments at the lower end of a column to a foundation. The common thing between these is the use of bearing plates since to splice columns of different sizes bearing plates are used as is also the case with column bases.

9.2 Column Splices

In practice, the splicing of columns is to be done to get the required height. In multistorey buildings, it is very convenient to splice the column just above the floor and it is economical to provide a splice near the inflection point in the column. The parts of the column to be spliced may be of the same size ...

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