Structural Analysis of Light-Frame Subassemblies

by David S. Gromala, Forest Products Lab, Madison, WI, USA,
Dan L. Wheat, Forest Products Lab, Madison, WI, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Conventional light-frame subassemblies have a long history of good performance. Until recently this performance could not be quantified adequately because of the complex ways in which these subassemblies resist loads. This paper reviews research from the 1950s and 1960s on load transfer mechanisms and shows how this work has formed the basis of the subassembly models of the 1970s and 1980s. Emphasis is specifically directed toward analytical methods that account for load transfer between elements in subassemblies. Refs.

Subject Headings: Wood floors | Wood structures | Wood frames | Wood beams | Load transfer | Wood construction | Structural failures

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