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Tests on the splitting failure capacity of the bottom rail due to uplift in partially anchored shear walls
Luleå Tekniska Universitet. (Träbyggnad)
Luleå Tekniska Universitet. (Träbyggnad)
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Engineering. (Byggteknik)
2012 (English)In: WCTE World Conference on Timber Engineering, New Zealand, 15-19 July, 2012: Final Papers ; Architecture and Engineering Case Studies / [ed] Pierre Quenneville, 2012, 189-194 p.Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Källsner and Girhammar have developed a new plastic design method for wood-frame shear walls at ultimate limit state. The method is capable of calculating the load-carrying capacity of partially anchored shear walls, where the leading stud is not necessarily anchored against uplift. In fully anchored shear walls, the leading stud needs to be anchored using some kind of hold-downs to resist uplift and the bottom rail needs to be fixed by anchor bolts to resist horizontal shear forces. In partially anchored shear walls, where hold-downs are not provided, the uplifting force is resisted by the sheathing-to-framing joints along the bottom rail. Hence, it is important that the bottom rail is anchored to the floor structure or foundation by anchor bolts and, therefore, able to transmit the forces to the structure below. Because of the eccentric load transfer, transverse bending is developed in the bottom rail and splitting of the bottom rail can occur. In order to use the plastic design method, a ductile behaviour of the sheathing-to-framing joints must be ensured. In this paper, results of tests on the splitting capacity of the bottom rail due to uplift in partially anchored shear walls are presented. Specimens with single-sided sheathing were tested, varying the size of washer, pith orientation of the bottom rails and anchor bolt position along the width of the bottom rail. The aim of the tests was to evaluate the influence of these parameters in order to avoid splitting failure of the bottom rail. Two types of brittle failure modes occurred during testing: (1) a crack opening from the bottom surface of the bottom rail and (2) a crack opening from the edge surface of the bottom rail along the line of sheathing-to-framing joints. These failure modes were mainly dependent on the washer size and the location of the anchor bolt. The results show that the distance between the edge of the washer and the loaded edge of the bottom rail has a decisive influence on the maximum load and the failure modes of the bottom rail.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. 189-194 p.
Keyword [en]
Timber shear walls, Partially anchored, Sheathing-to-framing joint, Bottom rail, Cross-wise bending
National Category
Building Technologies
Research subject
Technology (byts ev till Engineering), Civil engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-19194OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-19194DiVA: diva2:530046
Conference
12th World Conference on Timber Engineering, Auckland, New Zealand, July 16-19, 2012
Available from: 2012-05-31 Created: 2012-05-31 Last updated: 2012-11-05Bibliographically approved

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