: A computer aided numerical model for the simulation of the in-plane bending strength of CLT beams is presented. The model uses the Monte-Carlo-Method to generate mechanical characteristics of board lamellae and is suitable for the investigation of statistical effects such as homogenisation and size effects. Six different types of CLT beams, varying in size and in layup, were tested to validate the model and except for beams with only one lamella in direction of the beam height good agreement was found between the experimental results and the model’s simulations.
Cross laminated timber (CLT) members are especially suited for in-plane loads due to their high shear strength and stiffness. However, available connection techniques show limited load-carrying capacities and stiffness values in comparison to the shear capacity of CLT. To use the potential of CLT under in-plane loading, new connection techniques, so called contact joints, with increased stiffness and load-carrying capacities were developed. 10 different types of these contact joints, varying geometry and connector material, were studied. The developed contact joints can substitute traditional connection techniques.
On a number of occasions glued laminated timber breaks apart before the end of their service life. Examples in Germany (Frese M., Blaß H. J. ) and Denmark (Hansson, Larsen  ) show that this problem is real. In order to find the causes of the problem, extensive tests were conducted: 16 buildings with glued laminated timber were examined on the spot, calculations and laboratory work were carried out. These examinations told us that not only did the properties of the wooden material cause the damage, but the problems were also due to the wood used and the method of construction. In the calculations, the external load and residual stresses occurring in the glued laminated timber were included. Residual tensions in this timber were generated by climatic stresses and also due to the method of construction. These stresses also accumulated along with the stresses of the external load. Laboratory work was carried out to measure the delamination. We examined whether these analyses and calculations prove or disprove the results of the on- the- spot examinations.
The report describes the experimental and analytical research that was carried out for the development of large double pitched beams and three hinged frames made of cross laminated timber. The results are used to derive of design approaches for large finger joints in cross laminated timber.
Acetylierte Radiata Kiefer, das Produkt einer speziellen Holzmodifikation, besitzt eine verbesserte Dauerhaftigkeit und Formstabilität. Sie ist grundsätzlich für die Herstellung von Brettschichtholz frei bewitterter Konstruktionen geeignet. In der Forschungsarbeit werden entsprechende Kennwerte, die für die Bemessung von Bauteilen und von Verbindungsmitteln erforderlich sind, mit wissenschaftlichen Verfahren hergeleitet.
Self-tapping screws (STS) have been proclaimed as the easiest solution for structural timber connections, in special for cross laminated timber (CLT) constructions. In order to understand deeply the composite model “CLT-STS”, an experimental campaign which comprised 270 withdrawal tests was carried out. Maximum withdrawal load capacity of self-tapping screws inserted in plane side of a three layered CLT panel was evaluated considering three main parameters: moisture levels of CLT (i), number of gaps (ii) and the width of gaps (iii). Regarding (i), connections were tested with CLT at 8%, 12% and 18% of moisture content. Concerning (ii) and (iii), different test configurations with 1, 2 and 3 gaps, with 0 or 4mm, were tested. The influences of moisture content and number of gaps were modeled. Further a correlation between test results and a prediction model developed by Uibel and Blaß (2007) has been proposed.
A large experimental campaign comprised of 470 withdrawal tests was carried out, aiming to quantify the withdrawal resistance of self-tapping screws (STS) inserted in the side face of cross laminated timber (CLT) elements. In order to deeply understand the “CLT-STS” composite model, the experimental tests considered two main parameters: (i) simple and cyclic changes on moisture content (MC) and (ii) number and width of gaps. Regarding (i), three individual groups of test specimens were stabilized with 8%, 12% and 18% of moisture content and one group was submitted to a six month RH cycle (between 30% and 90% RH). Concerning (ii), different test configurations with 0 (REF), 1, 2 and 3 gaps, and widths equal to 0mm (GAP0) or 4mm (GAP4), were tested. The influences of MC and number of gaps were modeled by means of least square method. Moreover, a revision of a prediction model developed by Uibel and Blaß (2007) was proposed.
The main findings of the experimental campaign were: the decrease of withdrawal resistance for
specimens tested with MC=18% in most configurations; the unexpected increase of withdrawal resistance as the number of gaps with 0mm increased; and, the surprising increase of withdrawal resistance for REF specimens submitted to the RH cycle.
Brettsperrholz (CLT) besitzt im Gegensatz zu Brettschichtholz verhältnismäßig hohe Schub- und Querzugfestigkeiten. Bauteile aus CLT sind daher weniger empfindlich gegenüber Rissen und weisen eine größere Robustheit auf. Im Rahmen eines Forschungsvorhabens wurde das Tragverhalten von CLT-Trägern mit Ausklinkungen, Durchbrüchen und Queranschlüssen sowie Trägern mit schräg zur Faserrichtung angeschnittenen Rändern untersucht und Bemessungsansätze für die verschiedenen Trägerformen entwickelt.