RECENT DEVELOPMENT IN CLT CONNECTIONS PART II: IN-PLANE SHEAR CONNECTIONS FOR CLT BRACING ELEMENTS UNDER CYCLIC LOADS
Keywords:Cross-laminated Timber, CLT, Ductile and dissipative in-plane shear connection, Wall and floor diaphragms, Bracing elements, Shear walls
Because of their high shear strength and stiffness, cross-laminated timber (CLT) members are especially suited for in-plane loads. However, the ductility and energy dissipation capacity of a CLT structure is mainly determined by properties of the mechanical connections such as dowel-type fasteners. Unfortunately, the load-slip behavior of these typical timber-to-timber connections shows pinched hysteresis loops and impairment of strength. For seismic loads, highly dissipative connections with stable dissipation properties are desirable. A new type of connection was developed avoiding the pinching of hysteresis loops while showing high energy dissipation. An experimental investigation and a design proposal of a highly dissipative steel plate connection for CLT shear walls is presented as a result of the work.
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