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Development of LVL frame structures using glued metal plate joints II: strength properties and failure behavior under lateral loading

Abstract

In past years high priority was given to developing a seismic design for wood structures, including research on the response of wood structures to earthquakes. In this study a new type of portal frame with relatively large span was developed for the traditional Japanese wooden houses with large openings at the front to strengthen the structure. Stainless steel plates coated with zinc and glued with epoxy adhesives on laminated veneer lumber (LVL) members, composed of Douglas fir veneer and bonded with phenolformaldehyde resin, were used. The connection between the frame's beam and columns and between the columns and groundsills was mechanical, with bolts. The subject of this research was to analyze strength properties and failure behavior of glued LVL metal joints used as structural components and to evaluate the response of LVL portal frames under cyclic lateral loading. The results show that portal frames using glued LVL metal plates have a good multiplier for the shear walls and may be applied to traditional Japanese structures. The equivalent viscous damping provided good energy dissipation in the frames. The joints displayed good mechanical behavior during tests; moreover, the structures demonstrated high strength, stiffness, and ductility, which are necessary for a seismic design.

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Correspondence to Hiroaki Yoshida.

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Pîrvu, C., Yoshida, H., Inayama, M. et al. Development of LVL frame structures using glued metal plate joints II: strength properties and failure behavior under lateral loading. J Wood Sci 46, 193–201 (2000). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00776449

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Key words

  • LVL portal frames
  • Glued metal plate joints
  • Lateral cyclic loading