Timber moment connections using glued-in basalt FRP rods

Caoimhe O'Neill, Daniel McPolin, Su E. Taylor, Annette M. Harte, Conan O'Ceallaigh, Karol S. Sikora

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Glued-in rods offer an alternative method for creating structural timber connections however despite decades of research they have had limited implementation. The behaviour of glued-in rod connections in a framed structure was investigated. Nine partial frames were constructed of box sections connected with 12 mm diameter BFRP rods. A theoretical design approach was developed based on the optimum observed behaviour, where failure was located in the connection. For specimens with two embedded rods the theory predicted strength within 16% error of the experimental results. For specimens with two rods but gave an over-prediction of strength where three rods were used.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-235
Number of pages10
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Early online date09 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - 01 Aug 2017


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