The strength of Glued-in Bolts after 9 Years In Situ Loading

Christian Odin Clorius, Martin Bo Uhre Pedersen, Lars Damkilde, Preben Hoffmeyer

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    An experimental determination of the remaining strength of glued-in bolts after 9 years is presented. The hollow tapered bolts served as the blade to rotor hub connection of a windmill with wooden blades. The test method is presented along with the load history of the bolts, the recorded residual strength, the observed fracture modes and the force displacements curves. A total of 11 bolts were pulled out between undamaged bolts. The mean strength was found to be 362 kN with a standard deviation of 37 kN. This residual strength is 95% of previously recorded data. At fracture, a displacement between 0.4 mm and 1.0 mm was observed. In the majority of failures the bolts were pulled out like a cork from a bottle. A FEM-analysis confirms the higher load bearing capacity of the special hollowed tapered bolts compared to solid bolts.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Wood Engineering Conference, Volume 4
    Place of PublicationMadison
    Publication date1996
    Publication statusPublished - 1996
    EventInternational Wood Engineering Conference - New Orleans
    Duration: 1 Jan 1996 → …


    ConferenceInternational Wood Engineering Conference
    CityNew Orleans
    Period01/01/1996 → …

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