Influence of Service Conditions on Load Carrying Capacity of RICON S VS Beam Hangers

Pre-engineered beam hangers are more commonly used in mass and heavy timber construction as connection performance requirements are increasing. Timber as a hygroscopic material is impacted by the effects of shrinkage and swelling in varying service conditions must be considered in the design of connections. The effects on the load carrying capacity of mass timber beam hanger systems due to pre-service moisture content variations were investigated with this research project and code proposed service condition factors are evaluated, as well as presenting observed impacts on connector stiffness.


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