In a companion paper, a characterization is presented of stress fields in a single-shear bolted connection subjected to tension loading. Numerous stress contours are presented that illustrate the magnitude of the parallel-to-grain compression and shear stresses, as well as the perpendicular-to-grain tension stresses. In addition, regions of potential failure in the selected specimens are identified based on a maximum stress failure criterion.
The work presented in this paper represents additional efforts to identify the effect of stress interactions on the strength of the previously mentioned connections. The Tsai-Wu criterion, quantified by its failure index, is used as the tool to identify stress interactions between the aforementioned stress components. Connection geometries similar to those discussed in the companion paper [end distance/bolt diameter
A number of significant findings are reached in this study. As is the case in the companion study, all connections with
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