Project contacts are Andre Barbosa and Arijit Sinha at Oregon State University
In order to facilitate adoption of new mass timber products into practice, physical testing is required to understand and predict structural behavior. While extensive testing has been conducted at Oregon State on basic engineering properties of mass plywood panels (MPP) and MPP-to-MPP connections, there exists no experimental data on connections between MPP and other timber members (e.g. glulam) or on composite behavior of MPP with a concrete topping. Previous testing on CLT concrete-composite systems looked at different CLT-to-concrete connection systems, with HBV shear connectors-steel plates partially embedded in the timber with epoxy resin- as a strong candidate in terms of strength and stiffness performance. This project will focus on exploring the performance of MPP-concrete composite systems with HBV connectors.
Wood-based mass-panels (WBMP) are emerging as an attractive construction product for large-scale residential and commercial construction. Australia is following the lead of Europe and North America with several recent projects being completed using predominately cross-laminated timber panels (CLT). These sawn timber-based panels offer some key advantages to the construction and sawmilling industry. However, veneer-based mass-panel (VBMP) systems could offer additional benefits including the more efficient use of the available forest resources to produce WBMPs that have equivalent to superior performance to CLT. Research to confirm the expected technical viability of veneer-based systems is required. VBMPs could provide a valuable contribution, alongside CLT, to the Australian timber products market.