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The structural behaviour of timber joints subjected to bi-axial bending


Chang, W-S and Shanks, J and Kitamori, A and Komatsu, K, The structural behaviour of timber joints subjected to bi-axial bending, Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 38, (6) pp. 739-757. ISSN 0098-8847 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

DOI: doi:10.1002/eqe.854


This study investigates the structural performance of interior, exterior and corner traditional timber joints found in a traditional temple in Japan subjected to bi-axial bending. A total of 36 half-scale specimens were fabricated and tested under both uni-axial and bi-axial cyclic bending for comparison of their structural behaviour. The results show that the corner joints exhibit lower rotational stiffness than the interior and exterior joints. Further, connections subjected to only uni-axial moments exhibit better performance with regard to moment resistance, energy dissipation and stiffness degradation as compared with those subjected to bi-axial moments. Hence, this study suggests that if the timber joints are subjected to bi-axial bending, this effect on timber joints should be considered during the design and evaluation process in the future.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:bi-axial, timber, seismic, carpentry, timber connections, historic buildings
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Engineering practice and education
Research Field:Engineering design
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Construction materials performance and processes
Objective Field:Timber materials
UTAS Author:Shanks, J (Dr Jon Shanks)
ID Code:90546
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Architecture
Deposited On:2014-04-10
Last Modified:2014-05-08

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