Designing steel-to-timber connections

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As timber is getting more popular in construction around the world, steel-to-timber connection design frequently required from structural engineers. As any other connection, steel-to-timber connections have to be checked according to AISC, Eurocode and other building standards.

Steel-to-timber connection design was added to the IDEA StatiCa version 20. It is another step of enabling users to design and code-check various types of connections and members from multiple materials.  

Yet, it is fair to admit the first version of this feature is still limited.  

You can now obtain results on the connecting steel plates. Code-checks for the steel plates are available for any of the eight supported codes. Code-checks of timber members, bolts, and dowels are not delivered and structural engineer has to figure them out using another tool.

On the other hand, the IDEA StatiCa delivers acting shear and tension forces on each bolt or dowel for the precise manual code-check.

To help you with designing of steel-to-timber connections, 13 new templates were added to the application wizard.

Additionally, two new manufacturing operations were implemented for timber members – Gusset plate and Connecting plate. Users can make the selection in the Manufacturing operations menu.

Read more about steel-to-timber connections here.

This feature is available for the Enhanced version of IDEA StatiCa Steel. 

More about IDEA StatiCa Steel version 20

The new version of IDEA StatiCa is the biggest implementation of customer feedback and wishes we have had in years. 

Except for the new online licensing system, version 20 brought a vast amount on improvements for steel connection design. Besides the steel-to-timber connections, you can enjoy about 110 new connection templates added to the starting wizard, new section model view, or usability improvements thanks to the cross-section library favorites

We continue with spreading IDEA StatiCa to new regions, that is why the Indian and Hong Kong codes were added to the growing list of supported codes. 

Would you like to see more of the new features? Read full release notes for Steel or even better – watch the recording of version 20 introduction webinar: