Scientific Paper

S A Pine—Load Sharing. Fact or Fiction?

Published in: South African Forestry Journal
Volume 164, issue 1, 1993 , pages: 43–50
DOI: 10.1080/00382167.1993.9629376
Author(s): W., M.G. BurdzikDepartment of Civil Engineering,, B., W.J. van RensburgDepartment of Civil Engineering,


Load sharing amongst timber members, that are restrained to the same deflection, has been accepted as a given fact for some time. This paper discusses a simulation method that can be used to determine whether load sharing does in fact exist when S A Pine members are used. Results of tests as well as simulations are presented and discussed. It is concluded that load sharing will not occur when the material behaviour is elastic-brittle. Some form of ductility is required for load sharing to take place.

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