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An Innovative Connection System for Cross-Laminated Timber Structures

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The paper presents a new connection system for cross-laminated timber (CLT) structures, named X-RAD. This innovative connection system is characterised by the use of a single connector type that is positioned at the corners of the CLT panels. X-RAD is formed by a metal part surrounding a hardwood insert that is fixed to the panels by means of all-threaded screws introduced with double inclination. The peculiar geometry of the connector and the combination of different materials allow the full exploitation of the capacity of the CLT panels while ensuring a ductile response of the connection. Construction modularity, fast assembly/disassembly speed and prefabrication are some of the aspects that can be associated with X-RAD development. The outcomes of an extensive testing campaign on the new connector are also presented in the paper.
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Keywords: CALCULATION METHOD; CROSS-LAMINATED TIMBER; EXPERIMENTAL TESTING; INNOVATIVE CONNECTIONS; POINT-TO-POINT CONNECTIONS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 November 2017

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