chapter  14
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Timber structures, masonry structures, glass structures

In steel and timber structures, the joints play a major role in the global behavior of the structures including the load carrying capacity, the stiffness and the ductility. Due to their geometrical configurations, the complex behavior cannot be encircled on exclusively experimental base which remains incomplete and expensive. For the structural analysis, the behavior of the joints can be characterized by the momentrotation relation that can be determined on the basis of tests, analytical or numerical models.