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Numerical Modeling of Mass Timber Connections

Current knowledge about Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) connection behavior is generally gained from physical testing. Numerical modeling provides the means to gain more insight on the performance of a connection. Methods of modeling a single nailed connection using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Material Point Method (MPM) are explored and later applied to a CLT bracket connection. A sensitivity study will be performed on the CLT connection model to test the performance of the connection. Parameters like, nail length, nail diameter, plate geometry, and wood species will be tested to see what provides the most ductile performance. Numerical modeling provides the capability to test many different hypotheses and ideas without the time and cost associated with performing a multitude of physical tests.

Sean is pursuing a Master’s degree in Wood Science and Civil Engineering. He is a graduate of the University of Idaho with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. When he is not doing research, Sean enjoys riding and racing his bike with the OSU Cycling Club.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 11:00am to 11:50am

Richardson Hall, 107
3180 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331

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Department of Wood Science & Engineering
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Jessica King

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