Glulam members which are manufactured with Japanese cedar plantation timber are constructed into a box type of portal frames to investigate the moment-resisting performance when subjected to a lateral load. The joints of the frame are connected using aluminium connectors and self-tapping screw fasteners, and the placement of fasteners on the connection are arranged into three patterns. The loading protocol is applied laterally in seven cyclic stages for the racking test. The maximum lateral load of 51.4 kN is attained for the portal frame fastened using self-tapping screws arranged in square pattern, followed by single circular pattern and double circular pattern. Resulted dissipated energy obtained from the portal frame with square pattern placement is 1224.2 kNmm during the cyclic loading stages, higher than the other fastener arrangement by 20%. The allowable shear strength of the box-type portal frame is decided by the load corresponding to the shear deformation of 1/120 radian.
Self-tapping screws are efficient and flexible fasteners, applicable for many types of connections. Investigations on axially loaded groups of screws pointed out, that small spacing between the screws lead to block shear failure mode. So far, block and plug shear failure mode are only analysed for laterally loaded fasteners. Corresponding models cannot be simple transferred to primary axially loaded screws, because of their load insertion continuously along the effective thread featuring a thread-fibre angle perpendicular or with an angle to grain. Results gained by means of two different test configurations, with constant 90° thread-fibre angle but different configurations of group of screws and support conditions are presented. A block shear model is presented, and for mean values for stiffness and strength properties as model parameters are discussed together with values for parameters related to the force distribution over the effective thread length for the first test configuration. Agreement between model and test results was found on a conservative basis. As outlook, considerations of additional bending stresses as well as parameter optimisation are seen as prerequisites and next steps for further model improvement and practicality.
The objective of this study is to experimentally analyse effects of geometry variations of Multiple Tab and Slot Joint (MTSJ) connection with dovetail design on shear mechanical behaviour. Direct shear test was performed on angular ( = 90° ) MTSJ connection made of Kerto-Q 21mm-thick spruce plywood laminated veneer lumber (LVL) panels. Connection was examined in its configuration of three tabs/slots per edge. Nine different geometries of MTSJ connection were tested. In order to provide better understanding of mechanical behaviour of the connection, results were compared with finger joint (F) connection. Two characteristic failure modes were observed. Influence of three theta angles which define geometry of MTSJ connection was analysed concerning shear strength and stiffness. Connection showed very ductile shear behaviour with relatively high stiffness. It has been shown that by increasing q 3 angle above 30°, shear strength decreases. On the other hand, the highest influence on shear stiffness is due to q 2 and q 3 rotations.
Norway spruce glulam beams with artificial horizontal slits of different length and depth were reinforced using self-tapping screws and threaded steel rods in order to restore their load-carrying capacity and stiffness. The study aimed at evaluating the effects of strength and stiffness of the applied reinforcing elements on the load-carrying capacity and stiffness of glulam beams after retrofitting. Self-tapping screws and threaded steel rods of different diameter have been evaluated in the study and different numbers of reinforcing elements have been applied. Shear failure of the beams with artificial slits of different depth was provoked in loading cycles with stepwise installation of the reinforcing elements in the beam parts failed in the preceding test. The reinforcing effect of the tested self-tapping screws and threaded steel rods reached and partly exceeded the estimated level calculated with selected analytical models. Unfavourable structural behaviour arose in some cases from crack opening during installation of the rods causing a very low initial stiffness. Comparison of test results to calculations of stiffness and load-carrying capacity of the reinforced beams applying the -method, the shear analogy method and a truss model revealed that the -method and the shear analogy method provided the best estimates of strength / stiffness of the reinforced beams.
Building owners often state requirements that new buildings shall have open and flexible architecture in order to allow flexible use and future changes. A way to improve timber buildings in that direction is to increase the stiffness of the connections between horizontal and vertical members of the structural systems. This paper presents some numerical and analytical considerations with respect to the stiffness requirements for moment resisting timber connections. It also presents experimental tests and results for a moment resisting connection with inclined threaded rods installed in predrilled holes.
The outcomes of an experimental study aimed to investigate the structural behaviour of wood-steel-wood glulam frame moment-resisting connections that were subjected to static bending are presented in this paper. Each frame test assembly was consisted of two glulam beams simply supported at their far ends and were connected to an inversely-loaded...
Hybrid composite glulam timber reinforced using deformed steel bars and epoxy resin adhesive (RGTSB), was significantly developed in Kagoshima University. In this paper, a beam-to-beam connection for RGTSB and experimental data on the connection are presented. Two 2:3-scaled simply-supported beams under four-point flexural bending in short-term loading, connection elements under short and long-term tension loading were tested. The connection for RGTSB beam performed on bending behaviour such as non-connection RGTSB beam, especially better on ductility.
To improve the seismic performance of mid-rise heavy timber moment-resisting frames, a hybrid timbersteel moment-resisting connection was developed that incorporates specially detailed replaceable steel yielding link elements fastened to timber beams and columns using self-tapping screws (STS). Performance of the connection was verified using four 2/3 scale experimental tests. The connection reached a moment of 142 kN m at the column face while reaching a storey drift angle of 0.05 rad. Two specimens utilizing a dogbone detail in the steel link avoided fracture of the link, while two specimens absent of the dogbone detail underwent brittle failure at 0.05 rad drift. All four test specimens met the acceptance criteria in the AISC 341-10 provisions for steel moment frames. The STS connections exhibited high strength and stiffness, and all timber members and self-tapping screw connections remained elastic. The results of the experimental program indicated that this hybrid connection is capable of achieving a ductility factor similar to that of a steel-only moment-resisting connection. This research suggests that the use of high ductility factors in the design of timber systems that use the proposed hybrid connection would be appropriate, thus lowering seismic design base shears and increasing structure economy.
This paper presents a study on the moment resistance of post-and-beam joints with concealed metallic connectors aimed at replacing in a more modern design the wood-wood joints of traditional Korean Hanok timber houses. Several variations of the design of the connectors are investigated to optimize the moment resistance of the joints. Experimental tests are conducted under monotonic and reversed cyclic loading. The performance of the joint is evaluated in terms of peak moment resistance, as well as ductility and energy dissipation. Results show that optimization in the design can improve the moment resistance of the joint while preventing the brittle wood fracture and favoring a more ductile plasticizing of the connector, for the benefit of safety.