Direct displacement-based design of glulam timber frame buildings

Daniele Zonta, Cristiano Loss, Maurizio Piazza, Paolo Zanon

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We introduce a direct Displacement-Based Design methodology for glued laminated timber portal frames with moment-resisting doweled joints. We propose practical expressions to estimate ultimate target displacement and equivalent viscous damping, and we demonstrate that these expressions provide prior values that are close to those obtained a posteriori using a more refined model. Applied to case studies, the method yields base-shear forces lower than those obtained using the force-based approach of Eurocode 8. This is due to the high dissipation capacity of the specific connection technology, which apparently is conservatively accounted for in the q-factor of Eurocode 8.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-510
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Earthquake Engineering
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2011


  • displacement-based design
  • dowel connections
  • equivalent viscous damping
  • moment-rsisting joint
  • portal frame
  • target displacement
  • wood structures


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