Project contact is Jean Proulx at Université Laval (Canada)
The main objective of the research project is to evaluate the behavior of a column, beam and bracing connection under dynamic stresses. It will therefore be necessary to obtain in the laboratory the properties used for the optimization and the better understanding of a braced frame resistant to lateral forces. The assembly will transfer the lateral loads applied to the structure, to the foundations of a building. The capacity of the frame to dissipate energy under seismic loading will be evaluated by cyclic tests. Any structure must be able to dissipate energy under dynamic loads (earthquakes, wind) and the demand for ductility in assemblies is considerable in braced frame structures. This project will characterize the behavior of beam, column and bracing connections. The results obtained can be used by the partner for the seismic design of solid wood structures using this type of braced frame. Optimization and a better understanding of the dynamic behavior of these assemblies will also increase the safety of solid wood structures, and promote their acceptance in this developing market.