Recently published test data for bolted and nailed connections was evaluated to assess the structural reliability inherent in current allowable stress design procedures for connections in wood structures. Reliability indices were determined for timber connections using standard firstorder, second moment (FOSM) procedures. For the connections considered in this study, reliability indices range from 2.6 to5.1, generally providing higher levels of safety than the structural members in timber structures.
Originally published for the proceedings of the 2001 ASCE Structures Congress, American Society of Civil Engineers.
Pollock, David and Bender, Donald A., "Reliability Indices for Bolted and Nailed Connections in Wood Structures" (2001). Faculty Publications - Biomedical, Mechanical, and Civil Engineering. 48.