SE-010 Structural Connections in Residential Buildings

SE-010 Structural Connections in Residential Buildings – PHOTO

Structural Connections in Residential Buildings

The Structural Connections in Residential Buildings course is part of our Structural Course Category and provides guidelines and focuses on conventional wood connections in residential buildings that typically use nails, bolts, and some specialty hardware. Concrete and Masonry connections are also covered.

Adequate connection of the framing members and structural systems is a critical design and construction consideration. Regardless of the type of structure or type of material, structures are only as strong as their connections, and structural systems can behave as a unit only with proper interconnection of the components and assemblies. A connection transfers loads from one framing member to another (for example, a stud to a top or bottom plate) or from one assembly to another (for example, a roof to a wall, a wall to a floor, and a floor to a foundation). Connections generally consist of two or more framing members and a mechanical connection device, such as a fastener or specialty connection hardware. Adhesives also are used to supplement mechanical attachment of wall finishes or floor sheathing to wood.

This course is based on Chapter 7 of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development document “Residential Structural Design Guide”, Second Edition.

This course is intended for use by civil and structural engineers, design and construction professionals, students and others interested in learning about structural connections in residential building.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe different types of mechanical fasteners and their typical application
  • Design wood framing connections with nails, bolts and lag screws for various type of assemblies
  • Design concrete connections
  • Design masonry connections
  • Explain step by step process of design calculations for main connection types

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