Moment resisting splice of timber beams using long threaded rods and grout-filled couplers – Experimental results and predictive models
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Original versionConstruction and Building Materials. 2017, 155 560-570. 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.08.089
In order to achieve larger spans of timber arch bridges, glulam massive timber sections must be spliced on-site by moment resisting and rotationally stiff joints. In this paper, a novel timber splice connection utilizing long threaded rods and grout-filled couplers is presented. Flexural characteristics of the splice joint were investigated by full-scale experimental tests and 3D finite element models. An analytical model is proposed for determining the moment capacity and the rotational stiffness of the splice connection. The experimentally measured efficiency of the splice connection with regard to moment capacity and rotational stiffness was 69% and 66%, respectively.