Abstract The nonlinear behaviours of timber-concrete composite (TCC) members can be predicted via linear beam element analyses. The key is to quantify effective flexural-only stiffnesses (B) that capture the material nonlinearities from flexure-slip action of the TCC section, and to conduct the analyses using B profiles which satisfy equilibrium, compatibility and nonlinear constitutive links to the connections. This paper demonstrates the manner in which ad-hoc of a TCC specimen can underpin validation of that concept. The test-based nonlinear B profiles along the span are found to out-perform the Gamma method (which assumes uniform B) in load response prediction. Finally, future research to broaden this approach is outlined.
- Timber-concrete composites
- Effective flexural-only stiffness
- Nonlinear analysis