A Simplified Wood Sheathing Connection Model using ANSYS

This paper presents a methodology to model the complex hysteretic behavior of wood sheathing connections using basic elements found in ANSYS. By this methodology, the single, specially programmed elements commonly used to model these connections are replaced with a combination of basic elements that, when assembled, produce a similar dynamic response. This both simplifies the modeling process and adds versatility to the model, allowing it to be modified for different connections as needed. The proposed modeling technique may be applied to nearly all structural components with hysteretic behaviors. A typical nailed sheathing connection has been successfully modeled.

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