DuraFuse Frames save money by simplifying fabrication. The column assembly has no continuity plates or doubler plates for any column size.
DuraFuse Frames save money by simplifying beam fabrication. Beams just need bolt holes and a bottom flange slot. There are no additional parts that need to be cut, fitted, and welded to the beam. There are no weld access holes or flange cuts.
DuraFuse Frames save money by simplifying welding. All welding is done in the shop in the horizontal position with no obstructions. No CJP welds are required.
DuraFuse Frames save money by using the most efficient beam sizes. DuraFuse Frames can use more than twenty sizes that are disqualified for other moment frames including: W36×135, W30×99, W27×84, W24×68, W21×55, and W16×36.
DuraFuse Frames save money by eliminating the need for supplemental beam lateral bracing. This W21×50 beam had an unbraced length of over fifteen feet. Other moment frames would require lateral bracing every five feet for this beam.
DuraFuse Frames save money by reducing column and connection weight. DuraFuse Frames can satisfy the strong-column weak-beam with lighter columns since the fuse plate allows precise control of the moment at the column face.
DuraFuse Frames save money by simplifying erection. The slot in the beam bottom flange allows it to drop past the shear tab. Oversize holes in the top plates and fuse plates accommodate easy fit-up and bolting.