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DES335-A – Design of Bolted Connections per the 2015 NDS

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This article provides an overview of a bolt design example utilizing AWC's 2015 National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction. Connection design philosophy and behavior, an overview of 2015 NDS provisions related to bolt design including local stresses in fastener groups, and a detailed design example are included.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Describe the application of the six yield limit equations for dowel-type connection design
  2. Discuss when to utilize applicable adjustment factors for common bolted connections
  3. Illustrate the spacing, end, and edge distance requirements for wood-to-wood bolted connections
  4. Calculate the local stresses in fastener groups

Equivalencies: 1.0 Hours of Instruction = 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEU) = 1 Professional Development Hours (PDH) = 1 Learning Units (LU)


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