The RCSC, or the Research Council on Structural Connections, is featured as a key resource in the Free Training area of our website. The council meets yearly to review the latest research and specifications related to structural connections.
It’s membership consists of individuals from the following areas of expertise:
- Structural Engineering
- Design Engineering
- Fastener Supply
- Fastener Manufacturing
- Steel Fabrication
- Steel Erection
- Code and Standard Creation
The RCSC has been actively researching fastener technology since the late 1940s and has helped position high strength structural bolts as the most researched fasteners in existence. You can even review the minutes of their first meeting in 1947 which included a proposal to study how bolt tension affected the fatigue strength of bolted connections.
RCSC Documents Support Quality Bolting
The council’s first specification was released in 1951, called the Specification for Assembly of Structural Joints Using High Strength Structural Bolts, it has become the premier document for quality in structural bolting. The specification has been updated 17 times since it’s initial release. The most recent version can be downloaded from their website and is called the Specification for Structural Joints Using High-Strength Bolts.
This specification is in-depth and comprehensive. It covers all aspects of structural connections, everything from joint types, to washer use, to inspection.
Other helpful RCSC documents worth noting:
- Recommendations for Purchasing, Receiving and Storing Structural Bolts
- Recommended Erection and Field Inspection Procedures for High-Strength Bolts