The presented work deals with hygro-thermal numerical simulation and mould growth risk evaluation between concrete foundation and frame of multi-story building made of CLT element modules. Structural CLT modules represent an approach towards wood material utilization in construction as its strength achieves markedly higher values then common structural wooden elements and makes rapid erection of the building possible. Although there are great promises that the novel CLT structures will gain ground in high-rise buildings market with apparent benefits in sustainability and inhabitant comments regarding ambience and acoustics, it is important to analyse their structural health and hygro-thermal conditions. The highest risk of unfavourable hygro-thermal conditions is usually presented in location characterized by thermal bridge, such as foundation, window-wall, wall-roof and wall-floor junctions. It is also of significant importance to analyse junctions between materials, whether wood, composite, mortar or concrete. A certain combination of thermal and humidity conditions in exposed time causes mould growth initiation that may lead to deterioration of structural material and unhealthy indoor environment.
In this case study, the moisture content and air-flow in the junction and open space in structural design details between the first floor (of concrete) housing joint warehouse and technical spaces and the residential upper floors made of CLT modules is analysed. Conditions leading to probable moisture-derived mould issues and design parameters leading to sufficient ventilation according to Mould Index modelling are presented.
Up to now, structural sealant glazing façades have been extensively applied. They are at the cutting edge of technology and meet the highest standards. The objective of several research projects was to develop stiffening glass fronts, which replace expensive frameworks or wind bracings behind the large glass windows. Thus, potential applications...
This research investigates a new structural system based on a central core of CLT (cross-laminated timber) panels to provide more useful multi-level timber buildings that are taller and with open floor areas. Because pinus radiata is a suitable timber for the manufacture of CLT panels, the system has the potential to add value...
The Italian building heritage is aged and inadequate to the high-performance levels required nowadays in terms of energy efficiency and seismic response. Innovative techniques are generating a strong interest, especially in terms of multi-level approaches and solution optimizations. Among these, Nested Buildings, an integrated intervention approach which preserves the external existing structure and provides a new structural system inside, aim at improving both energy and structural performances. The research presented hereinafter focuses on the strengthening of unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings with cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels, thanks to their lightweight, high stiffness, and good hygrothermal characteristics. The improvement of the hygrothermal performance was investigated through a 2D-model analyzed in the dynamic regime, which showed a general decreasing in the overall thermal transmittance for the retrofitted configurations. Then, to evaluate the seismic behavior of the coupled system, a parametric linear static analysis was implemented for both in-plane and out-of-plane directions, considering various masonry types and connector spacings. Results showed the efficiency of the intervention to improve the in-plane response of walls, thus validating possible applications to existing URM buildings, where local overturning mechanisms are prevented by either sufficient construction details or specific solutions. View Full-Text
The present work aims to define horizontal joint dimension tolerances for newly proposed prefabricated façade systems for applications in tall cross laminated timber (CLT) buildings based on the compression perpendicular to grain characteristics of the component. This requires a thorough understanding of structural settlement under vertical loads which can vary at each floor height. An experimental program has been carried out with reference to the case of a platform frame building construction, where major perpendicular to grain compression of the floor can occur under high loads. Five-layer CLT specimens have been tested under compression via the application of a line load with steel plate as well as actual CLT wall specimens. Strengthening contribution using full threaded self-tapping wood screws has also been investigated. Results of deformation characteristics have been validated through a non-linear finite element analysis and further elaborated in order to outline implications in the design of a prefabricated façade.
In this paper, over-strength and ductility-related force modification factors are developed and validated using a collapse risk assessment approach for a timber-steel hybrid structure. The hybrid structure incorporates Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) infill walls within steel moment resisting frames. Following the FEMA P695 procedure...
The high performance in-plane of cross laminated timber (CLT) panels has created a potential for the use of CLT members act as diaphragms in steel structures. The behaviour of this diaphragm system depends strongly on the connections involved in linking the panels together and to the steel members. A study of the connections at both locations was made using experimental testing of two connection designs for the panel-to-panel case, and the development of a staggered lag screw connection for the panel-to-steel beam case. The results showed good performance for the double spline and fully-threaded inclined screws panel-to-panel connections. The lag screw connection showed high strength, stiffness, and ductility. The CSA Standard O86-09 was found to best predict the strength of both types of connections. Characteristic design stiffness values were presented for the stiffness at low levels of displacement and the initial, elastic stiffness.
Auburn University’s (AU) School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences (SFWS) in Alabama actively works to increase awareness of the benefits of CLT along with hybrid systems for more widespread adoption in multiple building segments. AU’s two-year project proposal outlines a plan that will establish a preliminary design for the usage of a timber-steel composite system, utilizing CLT or laminated veneer lumber (LVL), as an option that will replace reinforced concrete slabs to improve the structural performance for buildings six stories or more.
New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering Conference
April 27-29, 2017, Wellington, New Zealand
There is an increasing public pressure to have damage avoidant structural systems in order to minimize the destruction after severe earthquakes with no post-event maintenance. This study presents and investigates a hybrid steel-timber damage avoidant Lateral Load Resisting System (LLRS) using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) walls coupled with innovative Resilient Slip Friction (RSF) joints and boundary steel columns. RSF joints are used as ductile links between the adjacent walls or between the walls and the columns. These joints are capable to provide a self-centring behaviour (the main deficiency of conventional friction joints) in addition to a high rate of energy dissipation all in one compact device. One significant advantage of this system is that there are practically no bending stresses in the CLT panels which considerably increases the allowable capacity of the system. A numerical model for a four story prototype building containing the proposed concept is developed and subjected to time-history simulations. The results confirm that this system can be considered as the new generation of resilient LLRSs for different types of structures.
Recent developments in novel engineered mass timber products and connection systems have created the possibility to design and construct tall timber-based buildings. This research presents the experiments conducted on the steel-wood connection as main energy dissipating part of a novel steel–timber hybrid system labelled Finding the Forest Through the Trees (FFTT). The performance was investigated using quasi-static monotonic and reversed cyclic tests. The influence of different steel beam profiles (wide flange I-sections and hollow rectangular sections), and the embedment approaches (partial and full embedment) was investigated. The test results demonstrated that appropriate connection layouts can lead to the desired failure mechanism while avoiding excessive crushing of the mass timber panels. The research can serve as a precursos for developing design guidelines for the FFTT systems as an option for tall wood-hybrid building systems in seismic regions.