Journal article

Corrosion effects in the structural design of metal fasteners for timber construction

Minh N Nguyen, Robert H Leicester, Chi-Hsiang Wang, Greg C Foliente

STRUCTURE AND INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2013

Abstract

There has been growing recognition of the need for a more explicit consideration of material degradation effects in structural design. This article presents a procedure for the design of metal fasteners used in exposed timber structures that is suitable for use in modern reliability-based engineering design codes. The procedure is focused on the computation of the effective loss of structural section that is related to a specified service life. The fasteners are considered to be subjected to two types of corrosion: (1) the corrosion of exposed parts of the fasteners, where the corrosive agents are airborne salinity and pollution agents and (2) the corrosion of parts of the fasteners embedded..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The research described in this article has been sponsored by the FWPA (Forest and Wood Products Australia). The authors are grateful for this generous and sustained assistance. Special thanks are due to research scientist Dr. Ivan Cole of CSIRO and to the project manager, Mr. Colin MacKenzie of Timber Queensland Ltd., Australia, for guidance throughout the course of this project.