Structural Analysis of Light-Frame Wood Buildings

by Anton Polensek, Oregon State Univ, Forest Research, Lab, Corvallis, OR, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Wood Research: State-of-the-Art and Research Needs


This paper reviews the information currently available and lacking that is needed for improving design procedures. Some initial attempts at theoretical analysis of entire wood buildings have used existing computer programs to model three-dimensional behavior of wood materials and joints. The results achieved through this theoretical analysis could be made more accurate if future research modifies these programs to account for typical wood behavior, such as nonlinearity, and combines them with existing information about behavior of components and intercomponent connections. This approach could generate the data for a simplified probability-based design that predicts the behavior of entire buildings. Specific areas of research are suggested.

Subject Headings: Wood structures | Material properties | Structural analysis | Frames | Building design | Wood construction | Computer models | Three-dimensional models

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