Organisers: Dr. Giovanni Muciaccia, Politecnico di Milano, Italy ; Prof. Akanshu Sharma, University of Stuttgart, Germany & Prof. Roman Wan-Wendner, Ghent University, Belgium

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Summary: As well known, connections play a key role in structures, since they are required to transfer actions among elements while satisfying kinematic requirements. However, during the last decades, the design of connections in both reinforced concrete and steel-concrete composite structures was approached from different perspectives, typically focusing on very specific applications. This special session will aim at discussing physically based models of load-transfer mechanisms. Contributions based on experimental evidence, numerical simulations and purely analytical approaches will all be welcome.