AbstractSelf-centering heavy timber frames rely on the self-centering beam-column timber connections to limit damage and provide the recentering capability. However, low compressive strength and stiffness perpendicular to the grain of the timber columns have long been a design challenge, which yields low initial post-tensioning forces and possibly a significant loss of post-tensioning forces over the building service life. To address this issue, this paper proposes a new design solution for the self-centering steel-timber hybrid beam-column connections, in which the timber column is replaced by a steel-timber composite column. Cyclic tests were conducted on four beam-column connection specimens with post-tensioning. During the gap-opening, the composite column provided a stiff foundation to the timber beam. The hysteretic curves of all four connections were in a flag shape. Compared with self-centering beam-column timber connections that had the same geometry and material properties, the proposed connection had a larger connection stiffness and an improved efficiency of dissipating energy. After the cyclic loading, the loss of post-tensioning force of the proposed connection was also lower than that of the counterpart timber connections.

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