Stiffness Considerations for Custom Bearing Beam Hangers

This white paper explores the role of stiffness in designing a custom bearing beam hanger system for mass timber buildings with an emphasis on the importance of testing and verifying the design capacity of even the simplest connectors.

Testing results of a custom bearing beam hanger designed by MTC Solutions show that due to the complexity of each component of the connection, it is difficult to accurately predict the actual deformation response of a beam hanger system using only theoretical formulas.

This document highlights the benefits of using pre-engineered beam hanger systems that have undergone extensive testing to eliminate unpredictable deformation responses.

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