The Research Council on Structural Connections (RCSC) Specification for Structural Joints Using High-Strength Bolts provides state-of-the-art criteria for design and installation of ASTM high-strength bolts and assemblies. These recommendations become mandatory if and when the local code adopts them. In Canada, structural design and inspection of bolted joints and installation of high-strength bolts should comply with CSA Standard S6 or provincial specifications for road bridge structures and S16 for building and other structures to which S16 applies. These standards adopt many recommendations in the RCSC Specification but not all and certainly not all at the same time. In addition, S6 and S16 adopt ASTM specifications for high-strength bolts and bolt assemblies, e.g. ASTM F3125 Grade A325 and Grade F1852, by reference. These ASTM Specifications reference other pertinent specifications for testing, etc.

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