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Consequences of using Eurocode 5 for design of steel-timber connections
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Engineering.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Timber construction has increased in popularity in different countries in Europe thanks to a new material apparition and environmental stakes. In order to construct a timber structure we use different types of connections. The design of connections is complex since it is influenced by many different factors. However, the connection is the weak part of the structure and has high risk of collapse. Therefore the connection often determines the capacity of the structure.In 1975 the commission of the European Community decided to harmonize of technicalities and rules of design in the field of construction. The aim is to increase the competition between companies and simplify the trade of products and services within the European Union. The regulation for timber structures is Eurocode 5 (EC5).This study investigates how the EC5 can influence the design of a connection with a single shear plane for a steel-timber connection with nails or screws. This study is based on the comparison between the connection properties obtained using the EC5 and those recommended in a brochure from one of the large glulam manufacturers in Sweden based on the Swedish regulations.The outcome is that the new regulation has a strong impact on the design of the steel plates. The requirement in minimum spacing imposes a specific dimension and position of the fasteners. Moreover, the capacity of the connection is influenced by the distance between the fasteners parallel to the grain, which determines the effective number of fasteners involved in the connection.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
Eurocode 5, Connection, Single shear plan, Fasteners
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-12499OAI: diva2:422916
Educational program
Structural Engineering, Master Programme, 60 credits
Available from: 2011-06-21 Created: 2011-06-14 Last updated: 2011-06-21Bibliographically approved

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