Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Engineering (ME)


Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

First Advisor

Keith F. Faherty

Second Advisor

Sriramulu vinnakota

Third Advisor

Thomas H. Wenzel


This essay applies the finite element method to model a moment resistant joint in wood. The problem is introduced in Chapter 1. The finite element method and computer program used to provide the analysis are described in Chapter 2. The computer program used was ANSYS.

The modeling of the joint begins m Chapter 3 where a homogeneous finite element model was generated. A refinement to this model is made in Chapter 4. The final simulation used to model the joint is given in Chapter 5. This model contains non-homogeneous beam elements and steel bolt elements with spring restraints. In addition, gaps between the bolt-member interface are developed. This model is incrementally loaded and results are compared to rigid plate theory and a linear relationship is demonstrated between load increment and bolt force. Chapter 6 contains the summary and conclusions of the study.