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Load Bearing Capacity of CLT – Concrete Connections with Inclined Screws

Load Bearing Capacity of CLT – Concrete Connections with Inclined Screws

Journal of the Architectural Institute of Korea Structure & Construction, Vol. 34 No. 4, 3-13, April, 2018

Authors: Kim, Kyungtae ・ Kim, Jong-Ho


Load bearing capacity of dowel type fasteners loaded perpendicular to the shear plane is determined based on Johansen‘s yield theory (Johansen, 1949). In case of inclined screws whose axis is no longer perpendicular, the ultimate load of connection increases because of  additional axial withdrawal capacity. To calculate load bearing capacity for inclined screws, KBC2016 and Eurocode5 provide design equations using the combination of two effects; axial and bending strength. Although their equations have been validated for a long time, there is still minimal information how to apply them for concrete–CLT joints. Since there are not many test data available, engineers have to make certain assumptions and thus results may look inconsistent in practice. In this paper, authors would like to describe the current approach and assumptions indicated by KBC2016 and Eurocode 5 and how they match the experimental results in terms of shear strength of CLT-concrete connections. To fulfill the objective, several push-out tests were performed on nine different test specimens. Each specimen has different penetration angles and depths. By analyzing load–displacement curves, the maximum shear strength, stiffness, and ductility were obtained. Shear strength values were compared with the current design codes and theoretical equations proposed in this paper. Observations on stiffness and ductility were briefly discussed.

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