Stability Analysis of Two-Dimensional Structural Components on Example of Cross-Laminated Timber Wall 3

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As an alternative to replacement bar method in this paper, the possibility will be explained to determine the internal forces of the risk of bending wall 2nd order theory taking into account imperfections and then perform a measurement of the cross section for bending and pressure.

In order to compare the results with the equivalent member method or to create identical conditions, only the results of the wall section between the doors are considered. Since the load that is introduced by the lintels into the wall section to be considered is concentrated on the corner area of the door openings, there (local) also results in a greater axial force than in the center of the wall section (see Figure 01).

Figure 01 - Local Effects Relating to Load Introduction

In the equivalent member method, these local effects are not taken into account because a "smeared" axial force is expected. In order to consider this also in the surface design (to create identical conditions), a smoothing area is inserted, which "smears" the internal forces over the wall section to be considered (see Figure 02). Of course, the local stresses have to be considered in the design, but this is not discussed further here.

Figure 02 - Left: Real Axial Force Distribution / Right: "Blurred" Axial Force Distribution

In order to consider the stress-free pre-deformation (imperfection) according to [1], Chapter 5.4.4 (2), a pre-deformed FE mesh is generated from the eigenform, which was determined in RF-STABILITY, using the RF-IMP add-on module (see Figure 3 and 4). The pitch results from [1] Equation 5.2 to 7.5 mm.

Figure 03 - Generation of pre-deformation with RF-IMP

Figure 04 - Global Pre-Deformation of Wall

To determine the internal forces with the second-order theory and imperfection, the pre-deformed FE mesh must be activated in the additional options of the load case or load combination (see Figure 05).

Figure 05 - Consideration of pre-deformation for load cases or load combinations

Thus, for the results, there are additional bending moments in addition to the normal forces (see Figure 6), which must be considered in the design.

Figure 06 - Bending moments resulting from the calculation according to the second-order analysis

The subsequent design in RF-LAMINATE provides a utilization ratio of 94% for the wall section at risk of buckling (see Figure 07). The utilization with the equivalent member method amounts to 144%. Due to the very small critical load factor, this difference cannot be interpreted as linear.

Figure 07 - Utilization of wall section at risk of buckling

The differences are caused to a small, negligible part by the additional stiffness that results from the door lintels when analyzing the surface model. However, the main difference between the calculation with the equivalent member method and the calculation with the second-order analysis is due to the differently applied stiffnesses. While for the equivalent member design, the slenderness is calculated with the 5% quantile values of the stiffnesses, the design with the second-order theory calculates with the design values of the stiffnesses according to [1] Chapter 2.2.2 or [2] Chapter NCI NA.9.3.3 . In [3], Chapter 8.5.1 (2) and [4] , however, it is pointed out that when calculating individual components, the 5% quantile value of the stiffness parameters divided by the partial safety factor is to be expected and not the design values. This affects the additional bending moment resulting from the pre-deformation in the calculation according to the second-order theory. In addition, the limit design stress according to the equivalent member method is directly smaller with kmod , while the limit design stress hardly changes according to the second-order theory [5] . Therefore, strictly speaking, the stiffness should be additionally reduced by the modification factor kmod according to [5] Chapter E 8.5.1.

In order to analyze the different cases, Figure 8 shows what this means in concrete terms in a simplified system. The load is reduced to such an extent that the design using the equivalent member method is performed (Case 4). For cases 1 to 3, the stability analysis with internal forces was performed on the pre-deformed model. In case 1, the stiffness is considered with the design values. Case 2 calculates with the 5% quantile value of the stiffness parameters and Case 3 additionally with the stiffnessparameters reduced by kmod . As also confirmed in [6] , the best agreement with the equivalent member method results for case 3.

Figure 08 - Load ratios according to the equivalent member method and calculation according to the second-order theory with different stiffnesses

If the reductions due to kmod for the stiffness are not considered, the influence of the timber moisture and the load duration on the stiffness parameters and thus on the determination of the internal forces is not taken into account. Thus, the design can be on the uncertain side for kmod less than 1.0. The adjusted stiffnesses can be taken into account for each load combination, for example as shown in Figure 09.

Figure 09 - Stiffness modification for load cases or load combinations


[1]  Eurocode 5: Design Of Timber Structures - Part 1-1: General - Common rules and rules for buildings; DIN EN 1995-1-1:2010-12
[2]  National Annex - Nationally determined parameters - Eurocode 5: Design Of Timber Structures - Part 1-1: General - Common rules and rules for buildings; DIN EN 1995‑1‑1/NA:2013‑08
[3]  Design, calculation and design of timber structures - General rules and rules for buildings; DIN 1052: 2008-12
[4]  Timber construction - Corrigenda C3 to standard SIA 265: 2012
[5] Blass, H. J .; Ehlbeck, J .; Kreuzinger H .; Plug G .: Explanations of DIN 1052: Design, Calculation and Design of Timber Structures, 2nd edition. Karlsruhe: Bruderverlag, 2005
[6] Möller, G .: For determining the load capacity of compression members in timber construction; in Bautechnik 5/2007, pp. 329 - 334


Stability analysis Stability Cross-laminated timber CLT Equivalent member method Second-order analysis



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