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Chinese timber frame joints.

Chinese timber frame joints.

Chinese timber frame joints.

I just watched a one-hour Nova (PBS) program titled "Secrets of the Forbidden City". I found a 3-minute video synopsis that includes all the good bits that a structural engineer will enjoy, including earthquake testing of a sub-scale structure.


RE: Chinese timber frame joints.

It would be neat to have details of all the timber framed joints used. The ductility and internal damping is just incredible.


RE: Chinese timber frame joints.

A lot of room for motion, but restrained by many small friction surfaces. Friction resistance absorbs much more energy than elastic resistance.

RE: Chinese timber frame joints.

I forgot a very important part. Friction between surfaces is difficult to predict reliably. By using many friction surfaces, they effectively reduce the friction variables statistically.

RE: Chinese timber frame joints.



RE: Chinese timber frame joints.

One of the best practice in the structure lesson.
Thanks for sharing.

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