Importance of Shear Connectors in Construction Welding

As engineering advances, new materials are introduced, new equipment is developed, and the world’s capabilities for building and structural construction are changing rapidly. New and improved methods for building taller, stronger, and better buildings are tested and implemented every year. One construction technology that continues to prove effective in both cost and performance is the use of shear connectors as reinforcement for several building components. Northland Fastening Systems provides stud construction welding services, equipment, and tools for many types of construction projects, including shear connectors in varying sizes and forms.


While some shear connectors are not installed with stud welding techniques, there are types of shear connectors that are highly-effective when joined to a connection point using a stud welder.


Stud Welded Shear Connectors


  • Shear Connectors: NFS provides a type of shear connector that’s the most commonly used across the world in building construction. Offered in varying sizes, these shear connectors are used in concrete-to-beam connections and reinforce that joining with a resistance to shear load stresses. The shear connector is welded to a steel beam and fixed through a concrete slab with additional steel plates supporting the flexibility and strength of the slab.
  • Headed Studs: The headed anchor weld studs we offer in several sizes are a perfect example of a variation of the common type of shear connector. These studs have a wide base that provides a larger weld point to steel beams or girders and can be used in most concrete-to-beam construction projects.


Construction Welding Applications of Shear Connectors


Shear connectors are a critical way of creating strong connection points that hold up to shear loading. They are used in many applications including, but not limited to:


  1. Connecting upright steel beams to a concrete foundation
  2. Connecting load bearing beams to a concrete flooring in multi-story buildings
  3. Connecting composite slabs to steel beams in overpasses and other small to large scale bridges
  4. Reinforcing roads and sidewalks and preventing excessive freezing damage
  5. Connecting steel decking to concrete or composite ship floors
  6. Connecting metal roofing to interior ceiling materials


There are hundreds of applications of shear connectors in building and structural construction. This is because they are a vital piece of engineering that provides a powerful connection point between two materials that are difficult to connect otherwise. If you’re embarking on a construction project that requires the use of shear connectors, Northland Fastening Systems has the equipment and accessories you need.


Contact us at (651) 730-7770 to learn more about construction welding and other types of stud welding, or request a quote from NFS today.


Building Bridges Safer and Stronger with Construction Stud Welding

Stud welding is a unique welding operation because it has such a broad range of applications varying in several ways including the size, strength, and function of the weld and stud and the materials used. However, stud welding is often considered the lightweight player in terms of welding processes. While it’s true that stud welding is highly effective in many small-scale applications, it’s equally effective in a wide spectrum of large-scale production.


Within each manufacturing industry, there are various applications of stud welding, big and small. When it comes to structure and building construction, stud welding has more uses than any other type of welding. With Northland Fastening Systems, you can find the services and tools you need for any construction stud welding project, no matter the scale.


Construction stud welding can be performed with capacitor discharge or drawn arc stud welding techniques, and it’s frequently used for a number of construction projects. Some common large-scale applications of stud welding in the construction industry include parking structures, high-rise buildings, stadiums, water towers, and bridges.


Bridges in particular require a specific approach to construction when it comes to the application of stud welding.


Stud Welds in a Bridge


Stud welding is used on many types of bridges. The primary functional role of stud weld points in the vast majority of bridges is to hold and and/or strengthen shear connectors to the concrete base:


  1. Connection Points: Stud welding is used to form powerful connections. This process permits contraction and expansion movement with temperature changes and wind affecting the bridge without compromising structural integrity.
  2. Plate Connection Points: Certain bridge components are made up of steel plating and other similar sections put together to form the full bridge structure. These sections are often connected using a stud welding process of tying them to concrete. Specifically, stud welding is often used to connect steel girders to concrete slabs combined with powerful meshes, forming a durable, flexible connection.
  3. Anti-Skid Studs. These studs create the rumbling effect that drivers hear entering and exiting a bridge.


Without the added strength and necessary allowance for motion in the face of weather and wind that stud welding provides, bridges would not be as safe and effective as they are today.

Find Your Construction Stud Welding Supplies Here

To learn more about construction stud welding or other applications of stud welding, contact Northland Fastening Systems at (651) 730-7770 or request a quote today.