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6 Oct

Figure (a) below shows a mono truss that will be used for the extension of a council building 
to be built in Dubbo, NSW. The timber species used in the truss is Seasoned Radiata Pine. For 
analysis purposes, all members of the truss can be assumed to be pin-jointed.
The tributary area supported by the mono truss is 10m by 7.5m in plan projection. You are 
required to check the connection at node 2 (Figure (a) and (b)). All the members at node 2
have a cross-section of 150x50mm. The side plates to be used at node 2 are also from Radiata 
Pine and are 35mm thick.
Analyse the truss and identify the force in members connected to the joint. Also determine the 
critical load case and relevant values of k1.
Point loads F1 and F2 applied at joint 2 and 4 represent the Permanent and Imposed loads 
on the truss, respectively, where the imposed load is occupancy live load. Self-weight of the 
timber can be ignored in the analysis and design of the truss.
Possible load combinations as per AS1170.0 (2002) are:
1. 1.35G
2. 1.2G + 1.5Q
F1=1.8 kN (Permanent load)
F2= 2.3 kN (Imposed load- considered as 5 months duration load)
You are first required to analyse the truss to find the internal actions on joint 2 for both load 
combinations. Based on the calculated internal actions for the two load cases, you are then 
required to undertake two design checks as detailed below.
- Members of the bottom chord are connected using 60mm long Ď•2.5 nails (Figure (c), 
Section B-B). Check the suitability of the joint to carry the design load.
- The vertical member is connected using an M10 bolt (Figure (c), Section A-A). Check 
the suitability of the joint to carry the design load.


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