Stochastic Finite Element Analysis of Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses

by W. M. Bulleit, Michigan Technological Univ, United States,
J. L. Yates, Michigan Technological Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Safety and Reliability

Abstract: A stochastic finite element approach is developed for use in ananlyzing metal plate connected wood trusses. The procedure uses linear beam-column elements to model the wood members. The metal plate to wood connections are modeled using an element developed for this work. The first-order stochastic finite element method is then used to obtain the first, second, third and fourth statistical moments of joint deflections and member forces.

Subject Headings: Finite element method | Stochastic processes | Plates | Metals (material) | Wood | Trusses | Structural models | Joints

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