Assessment of the failure behaviour and reliability of timber connections with multiple dowel-type fasteners

Robert Jockwer*, Gerhard Fink, Jochen Köhler

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Connections with metal dowel-type fasteners are important details in timber construction, connecting single members and elements to larger structures. The load-carrying capacity can be described by different failure modes of the fasteners and in the surrounding timber. These failure modes show a dependency on different dimensions and material properties. The failure can be classified into brittle and ductile failure modes based on the deformation capacity. The limited deformation capacity of the brittle failure modes has an impact on the load-carrying capacity of the entire connection with multiple fasteners. The present study takes a critical appraisal of load-carrying capacity and deformation capacity of timber connections and the implementation of their design in the Eurocode 5. By aiming for the ductile failure modes with plastic deformation of the fasteners in the design of the connection, high load-carrying capacities and high reliability can be achieved. For brittle failure modes the reduced resistance and the reduced reliability should be accounted for, especially for connections with multiple fasteners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-84
Number of pages9
JournalEngineering Structures
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Connections
  • Deformation capacity
  • Dowel-type fasteners
  • Ductility
  • European yield model
  • Monte Carlo simulation


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