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Yield-Link® Moment Connection Benefits

Designer Benefits

  • Code listed under AISC 358-16, Chapter 12, ICC-ES ESR-2802 with City of LA supplement
  • Design tools are available for integrating the Yield-Link® moment connection into your building analysis/design software
  • Can be designed without beam bracing to reduce cost and architectural intrusion
  • Yield-Link moment connection plugin available for SAP2000/ETABS structural software
  • Yield-Link families available for Autodesk Revit
  • Frame elevation and connection details can be generated from the Yield-Link plugins or Excel Design Tool
  • Typical Installation sheet and Master Specification available
  • Yield-Link moment connection available within SP3 Seismic Performance Prediction Program
  • Frame design and detailing within your own control
  • Yield-Links are manufactured in the USA in an AISC-certified facility1

Contractor Benefits

  • No field welding required
  • Small protected zone in steel moment frame connection allows for greater flexibility for attachment to the frame
  • No additional licensing fee
  • No CJP inspection coordination or slowdown of work to wait for inspections
  • Can be designed without beam bracing to reduce cost and architectural intrusion

Fabricator Benefits

  • All shop welds are allowed as fillet welds; no site welding required for the Yield-Link moment connection, unless otherwise noted by designer
  • Moment connection plate-to-column flange welds at connections can be fillet welds instead of typical CJP welds for seismic applications
  • No CJP inspection coordination or slowdown of work to wait for inspection
  • Yield-Link kits ship complete with the buckling restraint plate and spacer plates
  • Small restricted area around connection
  • Software plugins and detailing sheets are available to simplify beam-to-column moment connection detailing
  • No additional licensing fee

Erector Benefits

  • No field welding required for fast onsite erection, reducing installation time
  • Can be designed without beam bracing to reduce cost and architectural intrusion
  • All field bolting is approved as snug-tight, with the exception of the Yield-Link-to-beam flanges and sloped-beam application
  • No onsite welding inspection cost or slowdown of work

Owner Benefits

  • Yield-Link structural fuse replaceable after major event
  • Quicker than comparable solutions to repair and get occupants back into retrofitted damaged structures after a major event to reduce loss of rent/lease income
  • Yield-Link moment frame solution can maintain large openings otherwise taken up by a braced frame or a structural wall solution
  • Quick installation to accelerate construction schedules
  • Less shop welding and field welding inspection costs
  • No field welding means no costly third-party inspections or ultrasound testing required
  • No additional licensing fee


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  1. Simpson Strong‑Tie Riverside, CA location is an AISC-certified facility. AISC-Certification Programs set the quality standard for the structural steel industry and are the most recognized national quality certification program for the industry. The program(s) focus on the entire process of fabrication and erection, and the goal is to build quality structures from the start by focusing on error prevention rather than error correction.