Investigation of the Effects of Spacing between Bolts in a Row in a Single-Shear Timber Connection Subjected to Reverse Cyclic Loading
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Three connection configurations with five different spacings between bolts were subjected to reverse cyclic loading for a total of one hundred and fifty tests. The reverse cyclic protocol was based on recommendations by the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering (CUREE) for testing woodframe structures. The same connection configurations were also subjected to monotonic loading for an additional forty-five tests.
Results of this research can be used to evaluate the current design recommendation presented in the National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction (AF&PA, 2001) of spacing bolts at four times the bolt diameter (4D) to determine if a different spacing should be recommended for natural hazard loading conditions.
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