Advanced Modelling of Trusses with Punched Metal Plate Fasteners

Peter Ellegaard, Jacob Nielsen

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    Most of the finite element programs for design of timber trusses with punched metal fasteners are based on models using beam and fictitious elements. Different models have been used for different types of joints. Common problems for all the models are how to calculate the forces in the nail groups and the plates and furthermore, how big 'the deformations in the joints are. By developing an advanced model that includes all parts of the joint, i.e. plate, nail groups and contact it is possible to give a better description of the joint. An advanced model with these properties is presented. The advanced model is capable of calculating sectional forces of more complex joints and the forces in the nail groups and plate are given directly.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationAalborg
    PublisherDept. of Building Technology and Structural Engineering, Aalborg University
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 1999
    SeriesStructural Design

    Bibliographical note

    Also in: Proceedings of the 1st RILEM Symsposium on Timber Engineering, Stockholm, Sweden, September 13-15, 1999, pp. 129-137 (ed. L. Broström), ISBN: 2-912143-10-1

    PDF for print: 16 pp.


    • Timber
    • Timber Structures
    • Truss Design
    • Timber Trusses
    • Metal Plate Fasteners
    • Finite Elements
    • Finite Element Programs

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