Distribution of wind loads in roofing connections

Jayasinghe, N.C., Ginger, J.D., Henderson, D.J., and Walker, G.R. (2012) Distribution of wind loads in roofing connections. In: Australasian Structural Engineering Conference-Proceedings. 36. pp. 1-8. From: Australasian Structural Engineering Conference 2012 (ASEC12), 11-13 July 2012, Perth, WA, Australia.

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Windstorms cause most of the damage to houses worldwide. The roof is usually the most vulnerable part of the house. However, information on how the wind loads are transferred through the roof structure is scarce. The fluctuating nature and variable distribution of wind loads, combined with the change from linear to non-linear behaviour as the loads increase, can cause significant challenges for the assessment of structural loads. This paper studies the transmission of wind loads from the pressure on the cladding through the cladding-batten connections to the batten-truss connections as the wind loads increase for a roofing system typical of that in many contemporary houses constructed in cyclonic regions of Australia. The study found normal design practices can produce significantly lower connection loads for these roof systems.

Item ID: 26038
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-085825-871-4
Keywords: load distribution; roof structure; low rise; response; wind loads
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FoR Codes: 09 ENGINEERING > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering @ 100%
SEO Codes: 87 CONSTRUCTION > 8702 Construction Design > 870204 Residential Construction Design @ 60%
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