Reliability based design of timber structures – system focussed application

Gerhard Fink, Robert Jockwer, Jochen Kohler

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The present paper gives an overview about different aspects related to system focused reliability based design of timber structures. At first the principles of structural reliability were introduced, including the probability of failure, robustness and vulnerability. In the following the influence of the natural growth characteristics of timber, the specific characteristics of different types of beam type elements, the influence of connections as well as the influence of system effects between structural members on the reliability are discussed. A simple Finite Element model is presented that is capable to account for varying element properties and connection stiffness. A small case study on a trussed girder was performed in order to investigate the effect of different statically systems and the number of structural members.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE 2016)
EditorsJosef Eberhardsteiner, Wolfgang Winter, Alireza Fadai, Martina Pöll
Place of PublicationVienna, Austria
PublisherVienna University of Technology
ISBN (Electronic)9783903039001
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventWorld Conference on Timber Engineering - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 22 Aug 201625 Aug 2016
Conference number: 14


ConferenceWorld Conference on Timber Engineering
Abbreviated titleWCTE
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