Load-to-failure bending test of wood composite beams connected by gang nail
The results of a bending test of wood composite beams connected by gang nail are presented in this paper. Two types of wood composite beams fracture were observed: brittle and ductile. In addition, a numerical model of wood composite beams was produced and the results of the numerical investigations were analyzed. Compliance of connection «gang nail – wood» was considered by means of input elements with a reduced modulus of elasticity in the numerical model. Then the theoretical and experimental results of stress and strain state of a composite beam with gang nail were compared. The conclusion was made about the efficiency of gang nail application for increased shear resistance of wood composite structures not only for reinforcement but also for production of new beam structures.