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Nonlinear aspects of energy dissipation in wood-panel joints

Sara Casciati

ASTRA Dept., School of Architecture, University of Catania at Siracusa, 96100 Siracusa, Italy

Abstract: The joints connecting vertical and horizontal elements are the “weak link” in structural systems assembled from wood panels. If they are too weak, local failures may occur, resulting in performance that is significantly below expectations. If they are too resistant, the joints may be unable to dissipate energy during vibrations, thus possibly initiating a fast progressive failure. This paper re-processes and re-elaborates the results of shaking table tests previously carried out by the author and other co-workers. The goal is to assess the feasibility of a joint which is able to dissipate energy during vibration, without degrading the connection performance.

Keywords: dynamic excitation; energy dissipation; wood panels joint; monitoring system; shaking table tests

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