The Canadian standard for engineering design in wood (CSA O86) adopted the European yield model for calculations of the lateral resistance of connections with dowel-type fasteners. This model takes into account the yielding resistance of the fastener, the assembly's geometry and the embedment strength of wood. The latter is considered a function of the relative density of wood and diameter of the fastener. The purpose of this study is to verify the significance of these variables as applied to the embedment strength for threaded dowel-type fasteners of diameters 6.4 mm and greater in Canadian glulam products. The importance of this research is justified by the growing interest in the use of large-diameter threaded fasteners in heavy timber and hybrid structures of high load-bearing capacity. Based on the results of 960 tests, a new design model for the embedment strength is proposed for potential implementation in CSA O86 standard and the impact of such a change is presented.
Commercial construction has witnessed a new enthusiasm in the use of timber as primary structural material. Engineered wood products such as glued-laminated timber and cross-laminated timber (CLT) play an important part in this development. These products allow wood construction to reach new heights. However, certain gaps in knowledge need to be filled to attain the full potential of wood construction, especially with regards to connections. First, current equations for dowel embedment strength and withdrawal resistance of fasteners in sawn timber and glued-laminated timber are deficient. Secondly, no design methods are provided for dowel embedment strength or withdrawal resistance of fasteners in cross-laminated timber in the 2009 edition of Canadian standard for engineering design in wood CSA O86-09 (2009). For these reasons, the goals of the research project are established in three main objectives: -Develop a design equation for withdrawal resistance for threaded fasteners in sawn timber and glued-laminated timber; -Evaluate the performance of dowel embedment equations for sawn timber and glued-laminated timber from different international standards, and determine the influence of variables on their accuracy; -Develop equations for dowel embedment strength and withdrawal resistance of fasteners in cross-laminated timber. After the compilation of results and analysis of withdrawal and embedment tests with threaded fasteners on sawn timber, glued-laminated and cross-laminated timber, the most accurate design models for each product were proposed. Each proposal includes an impact study showing the influence of the proposed design models, in case of adoption in the next edition of the CSA O86 standard.