Structural Reliability of Wood Beam-Columns

by Ricardo Foschi, Univ of British Columbia, Canada,
Felix Z. Yao, Univ of British Columbia, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Safety and Reliability


A formulation for reliability-based design procedures of wood columns and beam columns is presented. The load carrying capacity of these structural members is obtained using a non-linear finite element model. The adopted structural analysis method is applicable over the full range of slenderness ratios. A limit state design equation is proposed which includes specified compression and bending strengths, resistance factors and an adjustment for slenderness. Reliability calculations are carried out using FORM procedures.

Subject Headings: Structural reliability | Structural analysis | Wood structures | Wood beams | Beam columns | Nonlinear finite element analysis | Load and resistance factor design | Wood construction

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