Splitting of beams caused by multiple connections along the beam span

A.J.M. Leijten

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Abstract

: In the past splitting of beams caused by connection perpendicular to grain has drawn attention. Models have mainly being developed considering one mid span connection. Some semi-empirical models assume the splitting capacity to be proportional with the number of connections when sufficiently spaced. However, recent experiments show this is not the case. Experiments show a considerable drop in splitting capacity per connection. Until now only a fracture mechanical model is able to explain the result for beams loaded by two connections. Experiments with three connections along the span of a simply supported beam show an even greater drop in splitting capacity per connection. The test results are presented and evaluated and compared to model predictions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld Conference on Timber (WCTE) 2014, 10-14 August 2014, Quebec, Canada
EditorsA. Salenikovich
Place of PublicationQuebec City
PublisherFPInnovations
Pages1-6
Volume1
ISBN (Print)978-0-86488-559-3
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event2014 World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE 2014) - Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 10 Aug 201414 Aug 2014

Conference

Conference2014 World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE 2014)
Abbreviated titleWCTE 2014
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityQuebec City
Period10/08/1414/08/14
OtherWCTE 2014 World Conference on Timber Engineering

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