Joining, Attaching to SPS
SPS structures can incorporate the complete range of conventional joining technologies currently utilised in steel structures. Welding, bolting, riveting and gluing are all effective connection details. However, all joints must be designed with suitable consideration of the structural and material characteristics of the metal-elastomer composite.
Structural connections must engage both faceplates or impose less load than the elastomer bond is able to safely resist. Welded connections must use procedures that maintain the heat imposed upon neighbouring elastomer below a specified level.
A range of plate joints and structural attachment details is available from IE as well as design guidelines for new joints. These guidelines have been developed to balance the demands of the structural loads as well as meet the needs of construction tolerances and economic efficiencies.