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A Novel Method for Non-linear Design of CLT Wall Systems

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue1196
Year of Publication
2018
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Connections
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Walls
Author
Tamagnone, Gabriele
Rinaldin, Giovanni
Fragiacomo, Massimo
Publisher
ScienceDirect
Year of Publication
2018
Country of Publication
Netherlands
Format
Journal Article
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Walls
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Connections
Keywords
Metal Connections
Failure Mechanism
Bending Moment
Axial Force
Rocking Capacity
Language
English
Research Status
Complete
Series
Engineering Structures
Summary
In this paper, a non-linear procedure for the seismic design of metal connections in cross-laminated timber (CLT) walls subjected to bending and axial force is presented. Timber is conservatively modelled as an elasto-brittle material, whereas metal connections (hold-downs and angle brackets) are modelled with an elasto-plastic behavior. The reaction force in each connection is iteratively calculated by varying the position of the neutral axis at the base of the wall using a simple algorithm that was implemented first in a purposely developed spreadsheet, and then into a purposely developed software. This method is based on the evaluation of five different failure mechanisms at ultimate limit state, starting from the fully tensioned wall to the fully compressed one, similarly to reinforced concrete (RC) section design. By setting the mechanical properties of timber and metal connections and the geometry of the CLT panel, the algorithm calculates, for every axial load value, the ultimate resisting moment of the entire wall and the position of the neutral axis. The procedure mainly applies to platform-type structures with holddowns and angle brackets connections at the base of the wall and rocking mechanism as the prevalent way of dissipation. This method allows the designer to have information on the rocking capacity of the system and on the failure mechanism for a given distribution of external loads. The proposed method was validated on the results of FE analyses using SAP2000 and ABAQUS showing acceptable accuracy.
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