Strength and stiffness of mechanically jointed CLT panels loaded by shear in plane

This article is focused on research into the racking strength and stiffness of mechanically jointed cross laminated timber shear walls considering the influence of fasteners between the layers of boards on the stiffness of panels. The work includes an experimental analysis and analytical model. The experimental analysis included tests of the shear wall panels, tests of the specimens to determine the stiffness at the joint of the layers and material tests. The analytical model based on the component method allows the determination of the racking strength and horizontal displacement of the shear wall in dependence on the number of layers and the number of fasteners in the joint of layers, parameters of the anchorage to the substructure and applied external load. The outputs of the numerical model and the results of the experiments agree relatively well. The largest relative displacement error is 18%.