Considering Elastic Slip Modulus of Timber Connection

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For a timber connection as shown in Figure 01, you can take into account the torsional spring rigidity (spring stiffness for rotation) of the connections. You can determine it by means of the slip modulus of the fastener and the polar moment of inertia of the connection.

Polar Moment of Inertia

The connection's polar moment of inertia shown in Figure 01 results in:

Polar Moment of Inertia

Ip = xi2i=1n + yi2i=1n

Ip Polar moment of inertia without component of fastener surfaces
xi Distance from the centroid of the fastener group to the fastener in the x-direction
yi Distance from the centroid of the fastener group to the fastener in the y-direction

Ip = 752 + 752 + 2252 +2252 = 112,500 mm2

Modulus of Displacement Determination for the Serviceability Limit State

The modulus of displacement for the serviceability limit state can be calculated according to [1], Table 7.1. For bolts with a diameter of 20 mm in C24 softwood, this results in per shear plane as follows:

Modulus of Displacement per Shear Plane

Kser = ρm1.5 · d23

Kser Modulus of displacement per shear plane
ρm Mean value of the density in kg/m³
d Diameter of the fastener

Kser = 4201.5 ⋅ 20/23 = 7,485 N/mm = 7,485 kN/m

This results in two shear planes for an internal steel plate. In addition, the modulus of displacement should be multiplied by a factor of 2.0 for steel plate-timber connections according to [1], Chapter 7.1 (3). You can determine the modulus of displacement for the bolt as follows:

Kser= 2 ⋅ 2 ⋅ 7,485 kN/m = 29,940 kN/m

Modulus of Displacement Determination for the Ultimate Limit State

According to [1], the modulus of displacement of a connection in the ultimate limit state, Ku, has to be assumed as follows:

Initial Modulus of Displacement

Ku = 23 · Kser

KU Initial modulus of displacement
Kser Displacement modulus of a fastener

Ku = 2/3 ⋅ 29,940 kN/m = 19,960 kN/m

[2] and [3] require considering the design value of the modulus of displacement of a connection.

Design Value of Modulus of Displacement

Kd =KuγM

Kd Design value of the modulus of displacement
KU Initial modulus of displacement
γM Partial safety factor for connections according to [1] Table 2.3

Kd = 19,960 kN/m / 1.3 = 15,354 kN/m

Torsional Spring Stiffness Determination

For the ultimate limit state design, you have to use the design value of the slip modulus for calculation and the mean value for the serviceability limit state design; thereby you obtain two torsional spring rigidities.

Torsional Spring Stiffness for Serviceability Limit State

Cφ,SLS = Kser · Ip

Cφ,SLS Torsional spring stiffness for the serviceability limit state
Kser Displacement modulus of a fastener
Ip Polar moment of inertia without component of fastener surfaces

Cφ,SLS = 29,940 N/mm ⋅ 112,500 mm2 = 3,368 kNm/rad

Rotational Spring Stiffness for Ultimate Limit State

Cφ,ULS = Kd · Ip

Cφ,ULS Rotational spring stiffness for ultimate limit state
Kd Design value of the modulus of displacement
Ip Polar moment of inertia without component of fastener surfaces

Cφ,ULS= 15,354 N/mm ⋅ 112,500 mm2= 1,727 kNm/rad

To take both rigidities into account, activate the "Modify Stiffness" sub-tab (select the corresponding check box in the Calculation Parameters sub-tab of the Load Combinations tab in the Edit Load Combinations and Calculations dialog box). As in this example, this allows you to multiply the torsional spring rigidity for all SLS combinations by Cφ,SLS / Cφ,ULS. The value of Cφ,SLS is entered in the support or hinge conditions. Thus, you can calculate with a torsional spring rigidity of 1.727 kNm/rad in all ULS combinations and with 3.368 kNm/rad in all SLS combinations. This approach is also shown in the video.

In this example, the elastic foundation rotation is considered to be infinite and is not taken into account.

Torsional Spring Stiffness Determination Utilizing RF-/JOINTS Timber - Steel to the Timber Add-on Module

When calculating the connection with RF-/JOINTS Timber - Steel to Timber, the results of the torsional spring stiffnesses are also displayed (see Figure 02). In RSTAB, you have to trandfer them manually to the support or hinge conditions. In RFEM, this can be done automatically. The connections are automatically created in RFEM and the stiffness is adopted accordingly. The video shows the procedure.

Author

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Gerhard Rehm

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Gerhard Rehm

Product Engineering & Customer Support

Mr. Rehm is responsible for the development of products for timber structures, and provides technical support for customers.

Keywords

Slip Rotational spring stiffness Slip modulus

Reference

[1]   Eurocode 5: Design of timber structures - Part 1-1: General - Common rules and rules for buildings; EN 1995-1-1:2010-12
[2]   National Annex - 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]   Eurocode 5: Design of timber structures - Part 1-1: General - Common rules and rules for buildings - Consolidated version with national specifications, national comments and national supplements for the implementation of OENORM EN 1995-1-1, ÖNORM B 1995-1-1:2015-06-15

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