Glossary

Gusset plate



A piece of flat material to which members meeting at a node are attached. Look for them on wooden girder bridges and steel frames. On the older railway bridges you can see them, with the round heads of rivets showing how they are fixed to the members. As rivetting gave way to welding you can see gusset plates with fillet welds at nodes of steel frames, on later structures.
Gusset plate


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