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At Simpson Strong-Tie, we’ve built a heritage of connection innovation. Through our tireless commitment to technological advancement, research and rigorous testing, our engineers have acquired an unparalleled body of expertise, with more patents and code-listed products than anyone else in the business.

Our Yield-Link® connections are precision-made to meet the tough demands of structural steel construction. From building owners to engineers, to contractors and fabricators, the Yield-Link’s state-of-the-art design tools save everyone time and money — while providing a connection that keeps structural steel buildings strong and safe.

Strong Frame(R) Special Moment Frame Yield-Link(R) Connection

Yield-Link Connection Geometry

Yield-Link Geometry
Strong Frame(R) Special Moment Frame Yield-Link(R) Connection Product Table

1. Custom design links are available. Contact Simpson Strong-Tie at (800) 999-5099 for more information.
Note: A Simpson Strong-Tie® patent label, provided by Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc., must be applied adjacent to each moment connection.

On each sheet of structural drawing/shop detail drawing that contains technical information showing the Simpson Strong-Tie Strong Frame Connections, the following notice of intellectual property must be affixed before release for intended use:

  • Simpson Strong-Tie® Strong Frame® and Yield-Link® Structural Fuse are protected under one or more of the following patents and applications: US patent no. 8,001,734 B2, US patent no. 8,375,652 B2, US patent publication no. 2015/0159362, US patent publication no. 2017/0138043, and US patent publication no. 15/935,412 and must be supplied or licensed through Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc. Other US and international patents pending.

The Engagement Process

The Engagement Process Steps

Building Owner. Engineer. Contractor. Fabricator. Whatever your role, we have the tools to make your job easier. Our software and design support services provide the speed and technical expertise needed to tackle the complex challenges of structural steel connections. Our tools can help you quickly plan, model and document complete designs according to your project’s unique specifications — all while staying on time and within budget.

Designer

Design/Software
Step 1: Design/Software

To streamline the structural analysis and connection design using the Simpson Strong-Tie special moment frame Yield-Link connections, we have created the following tools and design guide to assist the Designers.

  1. For Computers & Structures Inc. products:
    Download Simpson Strong-Tie for ETABS®/SAP2000®* plug-in
  2. For Non-CSI Products, Download the following tools:
    Yield-Link Connection Modeling Design Guide (F-L-SMFYLCMG18)
    Excel Connection Design spreadsheet

    ICC-ES ESR-2802 evaluation report or AISC 358 for design procedure
  3. Contact Simpson Strong-Tie for design support or more information at (800) 999-5099 or yieldlink@strongtie.com
CAD/BIM
Step 2: CAD/BIM

We created Revit families for our Yield-Link connections to help facilitate coordination between the different trades.

Download Revit family for Simpson Strong-Tie Yield-Link connections.

Construction Documents
Step 3: Construction Documents

As part of the Revit families for the Yield-Link connections, Designers can create a schedule that includes all the Yield-Link connection information to use with their construction documents.

  1. Include schedule from Simpson Strong-Tie Revit family to show link type and quantities.
  2. Download typical details from Simpson Strong-Tie for inclusion in drawings.
  3. Download master specification from Simpson Strong-Tie for inclusion in specifications.

General Contractor

Structural Drawings
Step 4: Structural Drawings

The Yield-Link® design tools can generate frame elevations from which the Yield-Link model ID, overall geometry and quantity can be obtained, and can be included in the Designer’s construction document and used by general contractors for pricing.

Obtain Simpson Strong-Tie model ID and quantity from structural drawings.

Fabricator/Erector

Pricing
Step 5: Pricing

With the Yield-Link connection information from structural documents, customers can contact Simpson Strong-Tie for pricing information.

Call Simpson Strong-Tie at (800) 999-5099 for pricing or email or yieldlink@strongtie.com

Detailing
Step 6: Detailing

Simpson Strong-Tie has created a TEKLA custom component for our Yield-Link connection to assist detailers in locating the beam and column holes at the moment frame connection region.
For non-TEKLA users, a detailing sheet is also available.

Request TEKLA custom component from Simpson Strong-Tie for beam/column detailing.

Shipping
Step 7: Shipping

Whether you install the Yield-Links on the job site or in your shop, Simpson Strong-Tie can work with you on your preferred location to receive the Yield-Link connection parts. Each moment connection includes: (2) Yield-Links, (2) buckling restraint plates, and (4) spacer plates. (Bolts not included.)

Contact Simpson Strong-Tie at (800) 999-5099 for shipping options.

Get the Yield-Link Connection Software Plugins and Tools

yield-link-plug-in

To streamline the structural analysis and connection design using the Simpson Strong-Tie special moment frame Yield-Link connections, we have created tools and a design guide to assist the Designers. Our supporting software plugins can help you quickly plan, model and document complete designs according to your project's unique specifications—all while staying on time and within budget.

Learn About the Plugins