Reliability of Wood Structural Elements

by Bruce Ellingwood, (A.M.ASCE), Research Struct. Engr.; Center for Building Tech., National Bureau of Standards, Washington, D.C., 20234,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 1, Pg. 73-87

Document Type: Journal Paper


Recent trends in the development of design standards have been toward the use of probabilistic limit states concepts. The development of such criteria requires that a large amount of data be examined by the appropriate standards writing oranizations. This paper describes basic statistical information that currently is available for developing probability-based limit states design criteria for wood structures. A number of problem areas are examined where additional study appears necessary or desirable prior to implementing such criteria in practice.

Subject Headings: Structural reliability | Wood | Wood structures | Structural members | Probability | Limit states | Standards and codes | Writing skills

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