Timber Trusses

  • Judith J. Stalnaker
  • Ernest C. Harris
Part of the VNR Structural Engineering Series book series (VNRSES)


For long or moderate spans, wood trusses are often lighter, more economical, and more practical than wood beams. In addition, a structure using trusses usually is stiffer than one using beams of the same span; that is, it has smaller deflections.


Allowable Stress Gusset Plate Truss Member Compression Member Chord Member 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Evaluation, Maintenance and Upgrading of Wood Structures, A Guide and Commentary, American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, 1982.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Design Specification for Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses, TPI-85, Truss Plate Institute, Madison, WI, 1985.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Design Specification for Metal Plate Connected Parallel Chord Wood Trusses, PCT-80, Truss Plate Institute, Madison, WI, 1981.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    National Design Specification for Wood Construction (and Supplement), National Forest Products Association, Washington, DC, 1986.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    “A Computerized Wood Engineering System: Purdue Plane Structures Analyzer”, USDA Forest Service Research Paper FPL 168, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI, 1972.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Bathe, K. J., E. L. Wilson, and F. E. Peterson, SAP IV, A Structural Analysis Program for Static and Dynamic Response of Linear Systems, College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 1974.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Wilson, E. L., and A. Habibullah, SAP80 Structural Analysis Programs, Computers and Structures, Inc., Berkeley, CA, 1986.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Hoyle, R. J., Jr., Wood Technology in the Design of Structures, Mountain Press Publishing Co., Missoula, MT, 1978.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Standard Method of Test for Tensile Strength Properties of Steel Truss Plates, ASTM E 489–81, American Society for Testing and Materials, Philadelphia, PA, 1981.Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Standard Test Method for Shear Resistance of Steel Truss Plates, ASTM E67–80, American Society for Testing and Materials, Philadelphia, PA, 1980.Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Commentary and Recommendations for Bracing Wood Trusses, BWT-76, Truss Plate Institute, Madison, WI, 1976.Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Dewell Henry D., Timber Framing, Dewey Publishing Company, San Francisco, 1917.Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Lanius, R. M., Jr., “Evaluating Residual Strength and Repair of Structures,” in Meyer, R. W., and R. M. Kellogg, Structural Uses of Wood in Adverse Environments, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1982.Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Specification for the Design, Fabrication and Erection of Structural Steel for Buildings, American Institute of Steel Construction, Chicago, IL, 1978.Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    Milbradt, K. P., “Timber Structures,” in Gaylord, E. H., Jr., and C. N. Gaylord, Handbook of Structural Engineering, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1979.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith J. Stalnaker
    • 1
  • Ernest C. Harris
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Colorado at DenverDenverUSA

Personalised recommendations