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ICC-ESR-3179 Revision

MTC Solutions’ ICC-ESR-3179 approval has been reissued, it is now compliant with the 2015 International Building Code. The new report now covers all partially threaded ASSY ...

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Steel to Wood Research with UNBC

This year has been an exceptionally busy year for our research and development team. This time we have tested our various ASSY screws for steel to wood connections. This ...

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Designing with Internal Knife Plates

The Self-Drilling Dowel (SDD) can be used in multiple connection scenarios where internal steel plates are used for load transmission. Examples are shown below such as timber ...

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Are Torsional Effects a Concern for Deep Beams with RICON S VS Connectors?

Ricon S VS connectors may provide resistance against torsional effects on deep beams during construction, but only in a limited capacity. After construction, sheathing over ...

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Does Head Pull-through Failure Apply for ASSY Self-Tapping Screws with Steel Side Plate Connections?

Calculated axial capacity design values for Assy self-tapping screws must be compared against all other possible failure modes.

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Can Fully Threaded ASSY Screws Be Used to Control the Shrinking and Swelling of Wood?

The structural integrity of deep timber elements can be affected by the swelling and shrinking of the elements associated with changes in moisture content. One may think that ...

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Can ASSY Self-tapping Screws Be Used for End Grain Withdrawal Applications?

Certain scenarios for wood-to-wood (T-joints) and steel-to-wood (anchor base plates or base posts) connections may require the installation of Assy screws under end grain ...

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CLT Lap Joint Notch Reinforcement

The lap joint is a common panel-to-panel connection employed with CLT panels, largely due to ease of installation. Lap joints are highly effective at transferring shear ...

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When to Use Symmetrical Screw Crosses over Mutually Parallel Inclined Screws?

Inclined screws can be arranged mutually parallel to one another when the design load is one-directional only. In this case, the screws will carry load primarily along the ...

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Can Engineers Trust Design Tables?

As many new mass timber products from Europe are becoming available to the North American market. Designers must ensure that design values provided by distributors are ...

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How to Promote Even Load Sharing When Using Inclined Fully Threaded Screws with Steel Side Plates?

For wood/wood inclined screw connections, the threads of the screws are anchored into the side member and main member, so no pre-tensioning force is assumed in the screws. For ...

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Can Inclined Screws Be Used for Energy Dissipation in Seismic Events?

Slender, dowel type fasteners loaded laterally are both ductile and suitable for energy dissipation. Designated yielding joints will target the formation of one or two plastic ...

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