Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science

Department

Civil Engineering

Advisor's Name

Arindam Chowdhury

Advisor's Title

Committee Chair

Advisor's Name

Nakin Suksawang

Advisor's Name

Girma Bitsuamluk

Advisor's Name

Amir Mirmiran

Keywords

non-intrusive, connections, glass fiber reinforced polymer, frp, hurricane, wood connections, creep, fatigue, sheikh ahmed, arindam chowdhury

Date of Defense

1-14-2010

Abstract

Implicit in current design practice of minimum uplift capacity, is the assumption that the connection's capacity is proportional to the number of fasteners per connection joint. This assumption may overestimate the capacity of joints by a factor of two or more and maybe the cause of connection failures in extreme wind events. The current research serves to modify the current practice by proposing a realistic relationship between the number of fasteners and the capacity of the joint.

The research is also aimed at further development of non-intrusive continuous load path (CLP) connection system using Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) and epoxy. Suitable designs were developed for stud to top plate and gable end connections and tests were performed to evaluate the ultimate load, creep and fatigue behavior. The objective was to determine the performance of the connections under simulated sustained hurricane conditions. The performance of the new connections was satisfactory.

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