Steel-to-timber joints of beech-lvl with very high strength steel dowels

A. Misconel, M. Ballerini, Jan Willem G Van De Kuilen

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Double-shear steel-to-timber joints of beech laminated veneer lumber (LVL) with slotted-in steel plates using very high strength steel (VHSS) dowels have been investigated. Tensile tests on full-scale joints with one, two, three and six dowels have been carried out, using both VHSS and mild steel dowels. The goal of the research was to investigate the mechanical behaviour of joints of beech-LVL, with regard to load-carrying capacity (LCC), ductility, stiffness; and to find out whether the current design rules of Eurocode 5 are suitable for LVL and VHSS steels. Other examined aspects were the effect of multiple fasteners in a row and the influence of fastener steel grade. Tests showed higher values of joints with VHSS dowels, characterized generally by low scatter. The prediction ability of Eurocode 5 has been found to be inadequate and too conservative. A proposal for improvement is included.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWCTE 2016 - World Conference on Timber Engineering
EditorsJ. Eberhardsteiner, W. Winter, A. Fadai, M. Pöll
PublisherVienna University of Technoclogy
ISBN (Electronic)978-390303900-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-903024-35-9
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventWorld Conference on Timber Engineering - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 22 Aug 201625 Aug 2016


ConferenceWorld Conference on Timber Engineering
Abbreviated titleWCTE 2016
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  • Beech LVL
  • Baubuche
  • double shear timber joint
  • timber connections
  • very high strength steel
  • dowels
  • effective number of fasteners
  • bending capacity
  • yield moment
  • embedment strength

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