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Assessment of Connections in Cross-Laminated Timber Buildings Regarding Structural Robustness

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Year of Publication
2018
Topic
Connections
Mechanical Properties
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Author
Huber, Johannes
Ekevad, Mats
Berg, Sven
Girhammar, Ulf
Year of Publication
2018
Format
Conference Paper
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Topic
Connections
Mechanical Properties
Keywords
Finite Element Method
Deformation
Multi-Storey
Conference
World Conference on Timber Engineering
Research Status
Complete
Notes
August 20-23, 2018, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Summary
Cross-laminated timber makes timber buildings with an increasing number of storeys achievable. With more storeys, structural robustness needs more attention to make a building survive unforeseen events (e.g. accidents, terrorism) and save lives. For steel and concrete buildings, design methods for robustness focus on connection details. The assessment of joints in cross-laminated timber buildings regarding robustness is rather limited in the literature. The objective of this paper is to conduct an initial assessment of the connectors after the removal of a wall in a platform cross-laminated timber building. We used the finite element method and the component method for the analysis of a case building. The results indicate that the wall-to-wall and the floor-to-floor connectors may fail at low deflection levels leading to high shear loads in the floor panel above the removed wall, which might induce cracking. The removal analysis was only partially completed, but we identified an indication of the deformation behaviour of the case building. Testing and refined modelling of the connections is needed in the future to verify the results. This study may facilitate future investigations regarding robustness of multi-storey cross-laminated timber buildings.
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Bamboo/Wood Composites and Structures Shear and Normal Strain Distributions in Multilayer Composite Laminated Panels under Out-of-Plane Bending

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Year of Publication
2021
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Author
Niederwestberg, Jan
Zhou, Jianhui
Chui, Ying Hei
Huang, Dongsheng
Publisher
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Year of Publication
2021
Format
Journal Article
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Keywords
Three Point Bending Test
Shear Test
Digital Image Correlation
Strain
Shear Analogy
Finite Element Modelling
Stress
Research Status
Complete
Series
Advances in Civil Engineering
Summary
Innovative mass timber panels, known as composite laminated panels (CLP), have been developed using lumber and laminated strand lumber (LSL) laminates. In this study, strain distributions of various 5-layer CLP and cross-laminated timber (CLT) were investigated by experimental and two modelling methods. Seven (7) different panel types were tested in third-point bending and short-span shear tests. During the tests, the digital imaging correlation (DIC) technique was used to measure the normal and shear strain in areas of interest. Evaluated component properties were used to determine strain distributions based on the shear analogy method and finite element (FE) modelling. The calculated theoretical strain distributions were compared with the DIC test results to evaluate the validity of strain distributions predicted by the analytical model (shear analogy) and numerical model (FE analysis). In addition, the influence of the test setup on the shear strain distribution was investigated. Results showed that the DIC strain distributions agreed well with the ones calculated by the shear analogy method and FE analysis. Both theoretical methods agree well with the test results in terms of strain distribution shape and magnitude. While the shear analogy method shows limitations when it comes to local strain close to the supports or gaps, the FE analysis reflects these strain shifts well. The findings support that the shear analogy is generally applicable for the stress and strain determination of CLP and CLT for structural design, while an FE analysis can be beneficial when it comes to the evaluation of localized stresses and strains. Due to the influence of compression at a support, the shear strain distribution near the support location is not symmetric. This is confirmed by the FE method.
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Behavior of cross-laminated timber panels during and after an ISO-fire: An experimental analysis

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Year of Publication
2023
Topic
Fire
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Author
Vairo, Maurizio
Silva, Valdir Pignatta
Icimoto, Felipe Hideyoshi
Organization
University of Sao Paulo
Publisher
Elsevier
Year of Publication
2023
Format
Journal Article
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Topic
Fire
Keywords
Charring
ISO-fire
Post-fire Stiffness Reduction
Cooling Phase
Finite Element Analysis
Research Status
Complete
Series
Results in Engineering
Summary
Cross-laminated timber has been used in buildings since the 1990s. In the last years, there has been a growing interest in the use of this technology, especially with the adoption of the product in increasingly taller buildings. Considering that the product is manufactured from a combustible material, wood, authorities that regulate the fire safety in buildings and the scientific community have carried out numerous research and fire tests, aiming to elaborate codes which contemplate the use of cross-laminated timber in tall buildings. This paper discusses the main results obtained from the fire resistance test of a cross-laminated timber slab carried out in the horizontal gas furnace (3.0 m × 4.0 m x 1.5 m) from the University of Sao Paulo. A vertical load of 3 kN/m2 was applied over the slab and the specimens were exposed to the standard fire curve for 30 min. In addition to the 30-min test, the research also evaluated the thermal behavior of the samples during the 24 h after the burners were turned off. Throughout the test, the slab maintained the integrity and the thermal insulation, and no falling-off of the charred layer was observed. However, the 24-h test indicated that it is mandatory to consider the loss of stiffness and strength of timber caused by the thermal wave observed during the decay phase.
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Behavior of Glulam Beams Strengthened with BFRP Bars

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Year of Publication
2019
Topic
Design and Systems
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Beams
Author
Rajczyk, Marlena
Jonczyk, Damian
Organization
Czestochowa University of Technology
Publisher
IOP Publishing Ltd
Year of Publication
2019
Format
Journal Article
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Beams
Topic
Design and Systems
Keywords
BFRP
Rods
Reinforcement Bars
Basalt Fiber Reinforced Polymer
Finite Element Method
Research Status
Complete
Series
IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Summary
Currently, FRP fiber composites are increasingly used in construction. They can be used in the form of: tapes, mats and bars. Composite rods are already widely used in reinforced concrete structures as replacements for steel rods. They are also used as elements for repairing various types of structures: reinforced concrete, timber, steel and masonry. It is much less popular to use composite rods as reinforcement elements for laminated timber beams at the production stage. The paper presents the results of experimental and numerical analysis of glued laminated timber beams, reinforced with BFRP basalt-epoxy rods to determine the effect of the distribution of composite reinforcement on the load-bearing capacity of reinforced joists. The tested elements were reinforced with bars of various diameters, arranged differently at the cross-section. The beams were made of GL24h wood, while basalt-epoxy bars with a diameter of 7 and 9 mm were used to strengthen the beams. During the experimental investigations, the deflection of beams, the value of the destructive force and the form of destruction, were investigated. Computer calculations based on the Finite Element Method (FEA) were also obtained, achieving good consistency of displacement results. In numerical studies, wood and composite rods have been modeled as an orthotropic material. The numerical analysis was carried out in the elastic range. In experimental studies, significant differences in the values of deflections and destructive forces in the scope of one research series were observed, which may be due to the inaccuracy of execution. Values of destructive forces in experimental studies were not directly related to the value of reinforcement percentage of different series of beams.
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Bending Behavior of Regularly Spaced CLT Panels

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Year of Publication
2016
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Author
Franzoni, Lorenzo
Lebée, Arthur
Lyon, Florent
Forêt, Gilles
Year of Publication
2016
Format
Conference Paper
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Keywords
FEM
Bending Stiffness
Shear Stiffness
Conference
World Conference on Timber Engineering
Research Status
Complete
Notes
August 22-25, 2016, Vienna, Austria p. 2368-2376
Summary
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 [1] 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.
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Bending Capacity of Orthogonal and Parallel Glulam T-section Beams

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Year of Publication
2020
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Beams
Bridges and Spans
Author
Wang, Jiejun
Yang, Tao
Ning, Fan
Rao, Zhenyu
Organization
Central South University of Forestry and Technology
Publisher
Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology (EMaTTech)
Year of Publication
2020
Format
Journal Article
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Beams
Bridges and Spans
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Keywords
Bearing Capacity
Stiffness
Integrity
Strain
Deflection
Ultimate Bearing Capacity
Shear Strength
Finite Element Model
Displacement
Failure Mechanism
Ductility
Research Status
Complete
Series
Journal of Engineering Science and Technology Review
Summary
The bridge deck slab and the rectangular beam of the glued-wood beam bridge are connected by bolts and studs; thus, the joint surface is prone to slippage, and the beams and plates experience difficulty in bearing loadings together. This difficulty results in problems, such as stress concentration and screw corrosion and loosening, and weakens structural bearing capacity, stiffness, and integrity. In this study, an experimental model of glued timber T-section beams formed by gluing between bridge decks and rectangular beams and a calculation method for T-beam shear stress were proposed to improve the bearing capacity, stiffness, and integrity of the structure for ensuring that the bridge deck and the rectangular beam jointly bear stress. Three sets of beams, namely orthogonal T-beams, parallel T-beams, and rectangular beams were made using Larix gmelinii larch boards and structural glue to perform static bending bearing capacity test for examining the strain, deflection, and ultimate bearing capacity of the members and observe the destruction pattern. During the test, the bending shear strength was calculated following the principle of equivalent stiffness and the shear strength formula proposed by Rammer. Furthermore, a finite element model of glulam beams based on elastoplastic theory was established using structural analysis software. The displacement, strain, and failure mechanism of the members under the test loads were simulated and analysed using the model to verify the test results. Results demonstrate that, when the three types of beams are bent, they are sheared along the grain near the central axis of the section. The bonding surface between the wing plate and rib of the T-beam is undamaged, and the bonding is reliable with strong structural integrity. Compared with those of rectangular beams, the bearing capacity (limit load), bending stiffness, and ductility coefficient of the parallel T-beams are increased by 71%, 189%, and 23%, respectively. Compared with those of rectangular beams, the bearing capacity, bending stiffness, and ductility coefficient of the orthogonal T-beams are increased by 33%, 28%, and 25%, respectively. Compared with those of rectangular beams, the bearing capacity, bending stiffness, and ductility coefficient of the glulam T-beams are greatly improved. By considering the principle of equivalent stiffness and using the Rammer formula, the shear strength test values of orthogonal T-beams and rectangular beams of glulam deviate from the calculated values by 8.0% and -5.6%, respectively, which indicates good agreement. However, the shear strength test value of the parallel T-beams deviates from the calculated value by 19.2%, which indicates slightly lower calculation accuracy. The finite element analysis is consistent with the results of the experiment. This study provides certain references for the engineering design of glulam T-beams.
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Birch plywood as gusset plates in glulam frame via mechanical connectors: A combined experimental and numerical study

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Year of Publication
2023
Topic
Connections
Mechanical Properties
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Author
Wang, Yue
Wang, Tianxiang
Persson, Pontus
Hedlund, Patrik
Crocetti, Roberto
Wålinder, Magnus
Organization
KTH royal institute of technology
Publisher
Elsevier
Year of Publication
2023
Format
Journal Article
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Topic
Connections
Mechanical Properties
Keywords
Birch Plywood
Gusset Plate
Finite Element Method
Research Status
Complete
Series
Journal of Building Engineering
Summary
Birch is a short-lived hardwood species widespread in the Northern Hemisphere. Plywood made from birch has superior mechanical properties compared with that made from most softwoods, which makes it suitable for structural application. In this study, the feasibility of using birch plywood as gusset plates in timber-timber connections is presented. Test frames consisting of birch plywood gussets and glulam beams connected by nails were built and tested. A 2D analytical model based on truss theory and a 3D finite element model were proposed and constructed. Both models showed satisfactory agreements with the test results in terms of stiffness and strength. Tensile failure on the birch plywood gussets along the outermost row of nail holes was observed in the experiment. The observed failure modes and the stress distributions in the 3D numerical model suggest that the spreading angle (Whitmore effective width) theory should be considered in the design phase of birch plywood gusset plates. Besides, a modified spreading angle theory is proposed to both approximate the stress distribution and predict the load-bearing capacity.
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Capacity-Based Design for Cross-Laminated Timber Buildings

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Year of Publication
2017
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Connections
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Shear Walls
Author
Shahnewaz, Md
Tannert, Thomas
Alam, Shahria
Popovski, Marjan
Organization
Structures Congress
Publisher
American Society of Civil Engineers
Year of Publication
2017
Format
Conference Paper
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Shear Walls
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Connections
Keywords
In-Plane Stiffness
Strength
Non-Linear Springs
Finite Element Analysis
Hysteretic Behaviour
Cyclic Loading
Conference
Structures Congress 2017
Research Status
Complete
Notes
April 6–8, 2017, Denver, Colorado
Summary
The use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in residential and non-residential buildings is becoming increasingly popular in North America. While the 2016 supplement to the 2014 edition of the Canadian Standard for Engineering Design in Wood, CSAO86, provides provisions for CLT structures used in platform type applications, it does not provide guidance for the in-plane stiffness and strength of CLT shearwalls. The research presented in this paper investigated the in-plane stiffness and strength of CLT shearwalls with different connections for platform-type construction. Finite element analyses were conducted where the CLT panels were modelled as an orthotropic elastic material, and non-linear springs were used for the connections. The hysteretic behaviour of the connections under cyclic loading was calibrated from quasi-static tests; the full model of wall assemblies was calibrated using experimental tests on CLT shearwalls. A parametric study was conducted that evaluated the change of strength and stiffness of walls with the change in a number of connectors. Finally, a capacity-based design procedure is proposed that provides engineers with guidance for designing platform-type CLT buildings. The philosophy of the procedure is to design the CLT buildings such that all non-linear deformations and energy dissipation occurs in designated connections, while all other connections and the CLT panels are designed with sufficient over-strength to remain linear elastic.
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Comparison of the Seismic Performance of Different Hybrid Timber-Steel Frame Configurations

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Year of Publication
2016
Topic
Seismic
Design and Systems
Application
Hybrid Building Systems
Shear Walls
Author
Marin, Jose Alberto
He, Minjuan
Year of Publication
2016
Format
Conference Paper
Application
Hybrid Building Systems
Shear Walls
Topic
Seismic
Design and Systems
Keywords
Finite Element Model
Timber-Steel Hybrid
Deformation
Lateral Loading
Abaqus
Displacement
Inter-Story Drift
Diaphragm
Conference
World Conference on Timber Engineering
Research Status
Complete
Notes
August 22-25, 2016, Vienna, Austria p. 5401-5408
Summary
This paper presents a finite element modeling case study of three different designs of hybrid timber-steel 6-story buildings. One of the buildings is composed by steel frames and timber diaphragms while the other two cases consist of the initial design with timber shear walls added in different dispositions, one with outer walls and the other...
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Compression Perpendicular to Grain Behavior for the Design of a Prefabricated CLT Facade Horizontal Joint

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue1540
Year of Publication
2016
Topic
Connections
Design and Systems
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Hybrid Building Systems
Author
Gasparri, Eugenia
Lam, Frank
Liu, Yingyang
Year of Publication
2016
Format
Conference Paper
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Hybrid Building Systems
Topic
Connections
Design and Systems
Keywords
Envelope
Joints
Self-Tapping Screws
Finite Element Analysis
Prefabricated
Vertical Loads
Conference
World Conference on Timber Engineering
Research Status
Complete
Notes
August 22-25, 2016, Vienna, Austria p. 1088-1098
Summary
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.
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