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Effectiveness of Several NDE Technologies in Detecting Moisture Pockets and: Artificial Defects in Sawn Timber and Glulam

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue778
Year of Publication
2016
Topic
Serviceability
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Solid-sawn Heavy Timber
Application
Bridges and Spans
Author
Wacker, James
Senalik, Christopher
Wang, Xping
Jalinoos, Frank
Year of Publication
2016
Country of Publication
Austria
Format
Conference Paper
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Solid-sawn Heavy Timber
Application
Bridges and Spans
Topic
Serviceability
Keywords
Decay
Douglas-Fir
Moisture Pockets
Non-Destructive Evaluation
Scanning
Language
English
Conference
World Conference on Timber Engineering
Research Status
Complete
Notes
August 22-25, 2016, Vienna, Austria
Summary
Several nondestructive evaluation (NDE) technologies were studied to determine their efficacy as scanning devices to detect internal moisture and artificial decay pockets. Large bridge-sized test specimens, including sawn timber and glued-laminated timbe...
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Effect of Moisture Induced Stresses on the Mechanical Performance of Glulam Beams of Vihantasalmi Bridge

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue1609
Year of Publication
2016
Topic
Moisture
Serviceability
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Bridges and Spans
Author
Hradil, Petr
Fortino, Stefania
Salokangas, Lauri
Musci, Alessandro
Metelli, Giovanni
Year of Publication
2016
Country of Publication
Austria
Format
Conference Paper
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Bridges and Spans
Topic
Moisture
Serviceability
Keywords
Moisture Induced Stresses
Finland
Moisture Gradients
Moisture Content
Hygrothermal
Multi-Fickian Theory
Relative Humidity
Temperature
Eurocode 5
Language
English
Conference
World Conference on Timber Engineering
Research Status
Complete
Notes
August 22-25, 2016, Vienna, Austria p. 2159-2167
Summary
The present paper deals with the effect of moisture induced stresses (MIS) on the mechanical performance of a glulam beam of Vihantasalmi Bridge in Finland. MIS caused by high moisture gradients in a cross section of the glulam beam are calculated by a hygro-thermal multi-Fickian model for evaluation of moisture content, relative humidity and temperature in wood that is...
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Identifying Incipient Decay in Douglas-fir Bridge Components using X-Ray Computerized Tomography

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2350
Year of Publication
2019
Topic
Design and Systems
Moisture
Serviceability
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Solid-sawn Heavy Timber
Application
Bridges and Spans
Author
Senalik, Christopher
Wacker, James
Wang, Xiping
Wu, Xi
Year of Publication
2019
Country of Publication
United States
Format
Conference Paper
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Solid-sawn Heavy Timber
Application
Bridges and Spans
Topic
Design and Systems
Moisture
Serviceability
Keywords
X-ray Computerized Tomography
Wood Timber
Brown Rot Fungus
Incipient Decay
Language
English
Conference
International Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation of Wood Symposium
Research Status
Complete
Summary
In this report, wooden members of sizes typically used in bridge construction are examined using x-ray computerized tomography (CT) to determine the presence of internal decay. This report is part of an overall study in which Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) glue-laminated (glulam) beams and solid sawn timbers were inoculated with brown rot fungus, Fomitopsis pinicola, and exposed to aboveground conditions approximately 25 miles (40 km) north of Gulfport, Mississippi, USA. The goal of the overall study is to develop interior decay within the test specimens and then identify and characterize the decay using a variety of nondestructive testing (NDT) techniques. One NDT technique used is x-ray CT. The pixel brightness (PB) of CT scan images is proportional to the specific gravity (SG) at that location; high SG materials appear brighter whereas low SG materials appear darker. The consumption of wood by fungus decreases the wood SG; however, fungal progression takes place in areas where sufficient moisture is present. The presence of moisture increases wood SG as detected by the CT scan, which masks the effect of the fungal decay, which is a common co-occurrence with many NDT techniques. To identify incipient decay, it is necessary to examine the ring structure both within and outside of the area of moisture. Quantifying the extent of the decay requires correlating the PB to known SG values for both dry wood and wood of varying moisture content. In this report, the relationship between wood SG, moisture content, and PB was quantified.
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Long-term Testing of Prefabricated Timber-Steel-Concrete Ribbed Decks

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2083
Year of Publication
2018
Topic
Serviceability
Material
Steel-Timber Composite
Timber-Concrete Composite
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Bridges and Spans