Behaviour of timber portal frame depending on rotational stiffness of knee joint

Janis Fabriciuss, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Lilita Ozola, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies
2019 unpublished
In this article, the topic under discussion is the development of deformations in semi-rigid knee joints made of dowel type fasteners and consequences expected regarding overall deformations of timber portal frame structure. The use of semi-rigid connection resolves the problem of transportation, but development of small rotation in connection reduces the stiffness of the connection that becomes significant during service life. It is assumed that the rotational stiffness modulus K φ (kNm•rad -1
more » ... ) is the relevant characteristic of semi-rigid connection. Timber portal frame structure (span 30 m) designed with dowel type fasteners located around two circles has been subjected to different loading trials by using Dlubal software (RFEM). Results of a numerical study of portal frame model demonstrate the importance of characteristics of semi-rigid knee joints for design. It is found that developing deformations in the semi-rigid knee connection produce up to 90% bigger vertical displacement at an apex point and 96% bigger horizontal displacement comparing with the rigid knee joint model.
doi:10.22616/rrd.25.2019.025 fatcat:h7cuud3adjhplh7y4efy2v5cdy