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Re: Heavy Timber Truss Connections

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I am not having a particular or specific problem per se, I am only in the conceptual design stages.  One the larger trusses I know I will have an approximately 800 k-ft moment.  Architectural intent is to utilize parallel chord trusses.  The second truss area is actually non-symmetrical pitched trusses with less than 50 k-ft of moment.
I am really looking for options.  Final geometry is not defined.  I can use double chords, single chords, timber webs or timber webs with steel rod tension members, almost anything.  I am trying to develop truss elevation options for an exposed space.  I know the connections will be a controlling factor in timber design, and I am trying to find examples of different truss connection methods and geometries.
I have looked in the AITC Timber manual, as another poster recommended, and the info is thorough but pretty basic.  Knife plate or side plate connections with multiple bolt rows.  I would like to explore any other options.  I do not need design examples, just pictures of particularly elegant or graceful trusses to help develop some ideas to explore.
I do not get the opportunity to design architecturally exposed systems as often as I would like, especially not in heavy timber, and I want to have some fun with it.
----- Original Message -----
From: Pat Clark
Sent: Saturday, July 26, 2003 9:52 PM
Subject: Re: Heavy Timber Truss Connections

Are you having difficulties with a certain type of configuration?  Normally, I find that the heel connections will control on a typical high-load timber truss.  One option to limit bolts in the top chord at the heel is the use of a thrust plate at the end of the top chord (won't work if you need tails to be exposed).  I have used this in both knife plate and side plate applications.    I know that there are some propreitary timber connections with some of the high end timber manufacturing companies. 
Another way to solve heel problems is to have a raised heel (like a stubbed truss) which will allow a web to deliver the load to the heel area at a better angle than the typical scarf cut angle.
Maybe some more info on your particular problem?
Pat Clark P.E.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2003 5:27 PM
Subject: Heavy Timber Truss Connections

I am looking for alternate truss connection types for heavy timber trusses.  Looking for ideas mainly, different connections and methods, chord and web configurations, etc.  I have some exposed heavy timber trusses to design, different geometries for different locations in the project, and I know the connections are going to control the design.
Any input is appreciated.