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(d) The linear load-stiffness behaviour of each fastener complies with the stiffness requirements of EC5 and the direction of the force in each fastener is taken to be at right angles to the line joining the fastener and the centre of rotation in the unstressed condition.

(e) The spacing of fasteners will be such that premature splitting of the timber or wood-related product will not occur. Guidance on this is given in 12.4.

Incorporating the above assumptions into the design procedure, elastic theory can be used to analyse the moment behaviour and a conservative assessment of the connection strength should be achieved.

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