Brittle Failure Due To Connection Forces At An Angle To The Grain

This form of brittle failure can arise when connectors apply a force at an angle to the timber grain resulting in the possibility of splitting caused by the force component perpendicular to the grain, as shown in Figure 11.10. The failure can occur at a load less than the design capacity of the fasteners.

This form of failure is discussed in 10.3.6.1 and the splitting strength of a connector in which a tension component can occur at right angles to the grain is obtained from equation (10.41d).

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