Composite concrete slab and timber flooring systems are commonly used in many parts of the world to exploit the high strength-to-weight ratio of timber and the good acoustic separation provided by concrete floor slabs. This paper describes the results of an experimental programme that investigated the suitability of a range of connectors to transfer shear between a concrete slab and a laminated veneer lumber (LVL) beam. Shear tests on reduced scale specimens were performed with the aim of comparing the strength, stiffness, and post-peak performance of different connectors such as round and rectangular concrete plugs with and without screw and steel pipe reinforcement, proprietary (SFS) screws, coach screws with different diameters, sheet brace anchors, and framing brackets. The rectangular concrete plug reinforced with a coach screw was found to provide the greatest stiffness and strength, as well as favourable post-peak behaviour. Such a system can be used for cost-effective composite floor systems due to its efficient cost-to-capacity ratio, which reduces the number of connectors needed along the beam axis to achieve the composite action.

“Connections for composite concrete slab and LVL flooring systems.”

FRAGIACOMO, Massimo;
2008

Abstract

Composite concrete slab and timber flooring systems are commonly used in many parts of the world to exploit the high strength-to-weight ratio of timber and the good acoustic separation provided by concrete floor slabs. This paper describes the results of an experimental programme that investigated the suitability of a range of connectors to transfer shear between a concrete slab and a laminated veneer lumber (LVL) beam. Shear tests on reduced scale specimens were performed with the aim of comparing the strength, stiffness, and post-peak performance of different connectors such as round and rectangular concrete plugs with and without screw and steel pipe reinforcement, proprietary (SFS) screws, coach screws with different diameters, sheet brace anchors, and framing brackets. The rectangular concrete plug reinforced with a coach screw was found to provide the greatest stiffness and strength, as well as favourable post-peak behaviour. Such a system can be used for cost-effective composite floor systems due to its efficient cost-to-capacity ratio, which reduces the number of connectors needed along the beam axis to achieve the composite action.
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