I continue to be mesmerized by this thing called `E min’. E min is the `minimum modulus of elasticity’ used in stability calculations in wood engineering design. E min (hereafter just Emin) is based on `regular’ modulus of elasticity, E. …

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Let’s look at a situation where, after construction, it is required that a certain roof beam experience a deflection of not more than 1.0 inches (in.). The deflection limitation comes about by a required clearance between the ceiling and some …

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I design structures. I am an engineer. In this day and age we design buildings so that they don’t fail; don’t fall down, and, in a sense, just barely don’t fall down. Seldom do we `overbuild’. And as such, it’s …

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Other than a project or two where I looked at vibration from machinery, I never worried too much about vibration in floor / floor framing design. Typically, I never had to. Manufacturers of floor joists (e.g., prefabricated wood I-joists) worry …

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( … long post …) Consider a conventionally-framed house facing a remodel project. The house is, for the most part, a simple, two-story `box’, with stick-framed roof and interior bearing wall. The interior bearing wall supports both roof and main …

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I was doing some reading in AITC 119 Standard Specifications for Structural Glued Laminated Timbers of Hardwood Species, Section 4.1.6 … “ … modulus of elasticity, E, values herein are the average values … The modulus of elasticity of wood …

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