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Dickinson Industries (Pty) Ltds’ Shear Connectors are used as an essential component in steel-concrete composite structures, beam design, and construction. The use of shear connectors allows for composite construction on a large scale. Shear Connectors act as reinforcing members, locking the support structure to the concrete floor. Shear Connectors transfer horizontal shear from slab to beam, causing the two elements to act as a unit. Strength and stiffness of the stud welded Shear Connector section can be increased without using more steel.


Some important benefits of using Shear Connectors in construction include the following:

  • Cost savings in the reduction of building materials in the design of composite structures.

  • Reduces building height and saves on materials as lighter beams result in shallower floor sections.

  • Secures concrete to steel structural components.

  • Increases shear loading capacity in steel buildings.

  • Provides larger rooms with fewer obstructions because longer beams can be used.

  • Reliable and safe under static and dynamic stress.

  • Mechanical interlock of steel and concrete.

  • Anchorage of steel parts in concrete for various load directions, no cracking forces because of mechanical interlock.

  • Firm welds are produced by stud welding.

  • Electronically controlled and monitored stud welding equipment ensures repeatability and verifiable quality of the weld.

  • Easy to install, application can be done by trained operators.

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