end stiffener

end stiffener

One of the vertical angles connected to the web of a beam or girder at its ends; used to stiffen the web and transfer the end shear to the shoe, baseplate, or supporting member.
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Therefore, the position of the end stiffener does not vary so much, and the effectiveness of the plastic hinge zone stiffener will not diminish as the beam length becomes larger.
Fatigue cracks were first detected on these spans approximately 10 years ago at the bottom of the welded end stiffener to web connections.