Simpson Strong-Tie Puts New SCS Seismic Bypass Framing Connector to the Test
Pleasanton, Calif. — Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has introduced the SCS seismic bypass framing connector, the first hybrid seismic clip engineered for either slide-clip or fixed-clip applications in high-seismic areas, and the first product of its kind to undergo full-scale cyclic research testing to determine load capacities in real-world conditions.
To determine the in-plane performance of the SCS clips, Simpson Strong-Tie conducted full-scale cyclic testing on the uniaxial shake table at our Tye Gilb Research Laboratory. The results were used to develop a representative component test to determine various combinations of stud/clip in-plane capacities. The testing allowed us to a re-engineer the bypass clip to significantly increase the in-plane capacity.
Correspondingly, the SCS seismic bypass framing connector doubles allowable in-plane load capacities, resulting in curtain walls that strengthen the overall integrity of a structure and perform better during seismic events.
“Everything about the SCS clip, from its heavy-duty 10- and 12-gauge steel manufacturing to its strategically placed darts to the location of its fastener slots and holes, has been engineered to provide exceptional resistance to in-plane seismic loads,” says Simpson Strong-Tie senior product manager Clifton Melcher, P.E. “Before conducting these tests, there was little understanding of how clips act when subjected to in-plane loads, and the resulting value-engineering has enabled Simpson Strong-Tie to provide a solution that delivers the highest seismic loads in the industry.”
Designed for both slide-clip or fixed-clip applications in areas of high seismic activity, the SCS seismic bypass framing connector is the latest product innovation added to the Simpson Strong-Tie® Complete Connector Solution for cold-formed steel (CFS) commercial curtain-wall, mid-rise and residential construction. Meticulous engineering and exhaustive lab testing have enabled Simpson Strong-Tie to deliver innovative CFS application solutions at lower installed costs to customers.
Additional features and benefits of the SCS seismic bypass framing connector include the following:
- Precision-located ribs that provide enhanced strength while allowing for ductility.
- Simpson Strong-Tie No-Equal® stamps alongside slide slots to indicate proper screw placement.
- A dual-function hybrid clip that includes pre-punched slots for slide applications and small, round holes for fixed applications.
- Slide slots that, when used with shouldered washer screws (included), allow a full 1″ of vertical deflection.
- Multiple anchor options (¼” or ½” concrete screws to concrete, or PAFs or screws to steel).
- Available in 3½”, 6″ and 8″ lengths.
For more information on the SCS seismic bypass framing connector, visit go.strongtie.com/scs or call (800) 999-5099.
About Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc.
For more than 60 years, Simpson Strong-Tie has dedicated itself to creating structural products that help people build safer, stronger homes and buildings. Considered an industry leader in structural systems research, testing and innovation, Simpson Strong-Tie works closely with construction professionals to provide code-listed, field-tested products and value-engineered solutions. Our engineered structural products and systems are recognized for helping structures resist high winds, hurricanes and seismic forces. They include structural connectors, fasteners, fastening systems, lateral-force-resisting systems, anchors and product solutions for repairing, protecting and strengthening concrete. From product development and testing to training and engineering and field support, Simpson Strong-Tie is committed to helping customers succeed. For more information, visit strongtie.com and follow us on facebook.com/strongtie, twitter.com/strongtie, YouTube and LinkedIn