A regular alternation of lamellas and voids filled by insulating material within each layer of CLT can lead to cellular panels with improved acoustical, thermal and fire performance. In order to support the development of these innovative and lighter engineered wood products, their mechanical behavior is investigated in this paper by means of experiments and modeling. First, an experimental campaign on spaced CLT panels and related results are presented. Then, both simplified and refined modelings are applied. The chosen accurate modeling is a periodic homogenization scheme handled by a plate theory  and based on unit-cell strain energy computation with FEM. It appears that the simplified approach can predict the bending stiffness (EI) of CLT panels with large voids but not their transverse shear stiffness (GA) which can be precisely predicted with the more refined modeling. Finally, the influence of several panel’s parameters on the mechanical response is pointed out as well.
Within this paper the material and structural influences of orthogonal to the span oriented outer layers of multilayered plates are investigated. Therefor the influences on the bending stiffness and the bending capacity are examined. Theoretical investigations and practical tests on multilayered plates with one to three layers were performed. Based on the existing regulations and design procedures, the influence on the material properties will be shown and discussed.
Wood-concrete composite slab floors provide a promising solution for achieving long spans and shallow wood-based floor systems for large and tall wood buildings. In comparison with conventional wood floor systems, such long span and heavy floors have a lower fundamental natural frequency, which challenges the floor vibration controlled design. A laboratory study, including subjective evaluation and measurement of the natural frequencies and one-kN static deflections, was conducted on wood-concrete composite floors. Method of calculation of the composite bending stiffness of the wood-concrete composite floor is proposed. The design criterion for human comfort was derived from the subjective evaluation results using the calculated fundamental natural frequency and 1 kN static deflection of one meter wide strip of the composite floor. The equation to directly determine the vibration controlled spans from the stiffness and mass was derived. Limited verification was performed. Further verification is needed when more field wood-concrete composite floors become available.
Compression tests were conducted on the glulam members under different eccentricities, including three cases of 0mm,50mm and 100mm respectively, to study the mechanical performance of the new assemblage joints in reticulated timber shells. The bending stiffness and bending capacity of joints were evaluated, at the same time, the influence of failure mode and the changes...
The present contribution deals with the theoretical analysis of a selected geometry of CLT-elements combined with steel trapezoidal cross sections with a subsequent description of test specimens and the results of the conducted four-point-bending test. Used for long span floors this hybrid construction can be adjusted in its bending stiffness as needed. By placing the steel part into the tension zone a ductile failure mode can be achieved as well as notching the trapezoidal cross section is applicable easily. By performing full scale four-point-bending-tests of several test specimens it was possible to confirm the theoretical findings.
April 14-16, 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Wood-concrete composite systems are well established, structurally efficient building systems for both new construction and rehabilitation of old timber structures. Composite action is achieved through a mechanical device to integrally connect in shear the two material components, wood and concrete. Depending on the device, different levels of composite action and thus efficiency are achieved. The purpose of this study was to investigate the structural feasibility and effectiveness of using truss plates, typically used in the making of metal-plate-connected wood trusses, as shear connectors for laminated veneer lumber (LVL)-concrete composite systems. The experimental program consisted of two studies. The first study established slip-modulus and ultimate shear capacity of the truss plates when used in an LVL-concrete push out assembly. The second study evaluated overall composite bending stiffness and strength in two full size T-beams when subjected to four-point bending. One beam employed two continuous rows of truss plates and the other employed one row. It was found that the initial stiffness of both T-beams was similar for one and two rows of truss plates but that the ultimate capacity was approximately 20% less with the use of only one row.