This paper presents a study to the moment-rotation aspects of two 3-member DVW reinforced timber connections with an inter-connecting steel plate used as middle member. Previous studies showed that reinforcing dowel-type timber connections with 'densified veneer wood' (DVW) and using expanded tube fasteners results in connections with superior structural properties compared to all conventional connections. In this connection type, the DVW prevents premature timber splitting. The tube fasteners aid a high initial stiffness, a high ductility and a high reliability. A drawback of the connection, already in a 3-member connection, is the total thickness. By using only two side members and a much thinner, steel middle member, the thickness is strongly reduced. The steel middle member is used as a connecting interface in a flitch plate connection. This generally results in a 50% reduction of the rotational stiffness. However, it is shown by an analytical and numerical study, that the rotational stiffness of two closely spaced, flitch plate DVW connections acting in series remains unchanged if certain conditions are fulfilled. Two full connection tests are performed to confirm the analytical and numerical results. Additionally, the paper presents a comparison to a conventional connection, which confirms the structural quality of the reinforced connection.
|Title of host publication||Materials and Joints in Timber Structures|
|Subtitle of host publication||Recent Developments of Technology, Part II|
|Editors||S. Aicher, H.-W. Reinhardt, H. Garrecht|
|Number of pages||263|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|