Transversal tensile reinforcement

The main facts at a glance:

  • Transversal tensile reinforcements in the form of screws or threaded rods must be capable of absorbing extremely high tensile forces safely and transferring them to the wood through the positive and frictional locking of their threads.
  • SPAX full-thread screws and threaded rods provide the required sturdy hold.

The elongated fibres in spruce wood, commonly used in wood construction, are able to withstand very high tensile stress loads. However, this only applies to tensile stress loads which act in parallel to the direction of the fibres. The tensile strength in the wood is significantly lower perpendicular to the direction of the fibres. Tension will appear perpendicular to the grain if a wall plate has halved joints at its ends so that it rests on another timber and is subjected to a vertical load. Enormous tensile forces will then occur in the corner of the halved joint, which can cause the wall plate to tear open lengthwise. To prevent this from happening, what are known as transversal tensile reinforcements consisting of screws or threaded rods are positioned on such wood connections. They are screwed into place perpendicular to the wood fibres, next to the halved joint.

What else should be kept in mind?

 

The screws or threaded rods used must be capable of absorbing extremely high tensile forces safely and transferring them into the wood through the positive and frictional locking of their threads. The longer and wider the fastener thread is, the greater the tensile forces are that it can bear. Only full-thread screws are used for transversal tensile reinforcement in this case; threaded rods obviously have a thread over their entire length.

What solution does SPAX offer?

 

SPAX full-thread screws are available with diameters between 6 and 12 mm and with a flat countersunk or cylindrical head. For corrosion protection, you can choose between galvanisation, our WIROX coating or the stainless steel version. SPAX threaded rods offer an alternative to transversal tensile reinforcement in large structural elements such as laminated timber. Here, you can choose between types with or without a head. The latter can be screwed fully into the wood, making it almost invisible. With long lengths available between 800 and 3,000 mm, the SPAX threaded rod is also an ideal replacement for glued-in metric threaded rods such as those still occasionally used for transverse tensile reinforcements.

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Stainless-steel screw, full thread, flat countersunk head, T-STAR plus, CUT point, stainless steel A4, diameter Ø 10 mm
Universal screw stainless steel A4
  • Head Shape: Flat countersunk head
  • Drive: T-STAR plus
  • Material: Stainless steel A4
  • Point: CUT
  • Thread Shape: Full thread
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Threaded rod, full thread, without head, stainless steel A2
Threaded rod stainless steel A2
  • Drive: Without drive
  • Thread Shape: Full thread
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HI.FORCE, partial thread, washer head, T-STAR plus, 4CUT, stainless steel A2, diameter Ø 6 mm
Wood construction screw stainless steel A2
  • Head Shape: Washer head
  • Drive: T-STAR plus
  • Material: Stainless steel A2
  • Point: 4CUT
  • Thread Shape: Partial thread
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HI.FORCE, partial thread, washer head, T-STAR plus, 4CUT, stainless steel A2, diameter Ø 8 mm
Wood construction screw stainless steel A2
  • Head Shape: Washer head
  • Drive: T-STAR plus
  • Material: Stainless steel A2
  • Point: 4CUT
  • Thread Shape: Partial thread
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HI.FORCE, partial thread, washer head, T-STAR plus, 4CUT, WIROX, diameter Ø 6 mm
Wood construction screw WIROX
  • Head Shape: Washer head
  • Drive: T-STAR plus
  • Material: Steel
  • Point: 4CUT
  • Thread Shape: Partial thread
Dimensions
Quantity
HI.FORCE, partial thread, washer head, T-STAR plus, 4CUT, WIROX, diameter Ø 8 mm and 10 mm
Wood construction screw HI.FORCE WIROX
  • Head Shape: Washer head
  • Drive: T-STAR plus
  • Material: Steel
  • Point: 4CUT
  • Thread Shape: Partial thread
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20 Products

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Stainless-steel screw, full thread, flat countersunk head, T-STAR plus, CUT point, stainless steel A4, diameter Ø 10 mm
Universal screw stainless steel A4
  • Head Shape: Flat countersunk head
  • Drive: T-STAR plus
  • Material: Stainless steel A4
  • Point: CUT
  • Thread Shape: Full thread
Dimensions
Quantity
Threaded rod, full thread, without head, stainless steel A2
Threaded rod stainless steel A2
  • Drive: Without drive
  • Thread Shape: Full thread
Dimensions
Quantity
HI.FORCE, partial thread, washer head, T-STAR plus, 4CUT, stainless steel A2, diameter Ø 6 mm
Wood construction screw stainless steel A2
  • Head Shape: Washer head
  • Drive: T-STAR plus
  • Material: Stainless steel A2
  • Point: 4CUT
  • Thread Shape: Partial thread
Dimensions
Quantity
HI.FORCE, partial thread, washer head, T-STAR plus, 4CUT, stainless steel A2, diameter Ø 8 mm
Wood construction screw stainless steel A2
  • Head Shape: Washer head
  • Drive: T-STAR plus
  • Material: Stainless steel A2
  • Point: 4CUT
  • Thread Shape: Partial thread
Dimensions
Quantity
HI.FORCE, partial thread, washer head, T-STAR plus, 4CUT, WIROX, diameter Ø 6 mm
Wood construction screw WIROX
  • Head Shape: Washer head
  • Drive: T-STAR plus
  • Material: Steel
  • Point: 4CUT
  • Thread Shape: Partial thread
Dimensions
Quantity
HI.FORCE, partial thread, washer head, T-STAR plus, 4CUT, WIROX, diameter Ø 8 mm and 10 mm
Wood construction screw HI.FORCE WIROX
  • Head Shape: Washer head
  • Drive: T-STAR plus
  • Material: Steel
  • Point: 4CUT
  • Thread Shape: Partial thread
Dimensions
Quantity

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