Mechanical Fastening of Structural Wood Members—Design and Research Status

by T. E. McLain, Virginia Polytechnic Inst &, State Univ, Dep of Forest Products, Blacksburg, VA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


A brief overview is provided of the current mechanical fastening research base as background for a discussion of future research needs and priorities. A summary is presented of the current means of setting allowable design values for various common connection systems. The implications and inadequacies of these methods are pointed out. A brief summary of recent research efforts is also presented and problems common to all or several connection types are discussed.

Subject Headings: Fastening | Wood structures | Wood | Wood construction | Construction materials | Plates | Connections (structural) | Nailed connections

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