This paper illustrates a research project about the calculation and design of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) elements stressed by concentrated loads. Its focus lies on the shear design of CLT-elements next to punctual supports including reinforcements with self-tapping screws with continuous threads in areas of high shear stresses. Different influencing parameters on the distribution of shear forces next to a punctual support were evaluated by using comparative FEM-analyses. In the course of laboratory tests material-mechanical principles were determined to consider the interaction of rolling shear stresses and compression perpendicular to the grain. In addition to FEM simulations several experimental tests were carried out to describe the load bearing behaviour and the strengthening effect of CLT-elements reinforced by self-tapping screws. The investigations aim at developing a design concept including the effects mentioned above.
Concentrated loads on Cross Laminated Timber elements (CLT) in areas of point supports or load applications cause high local shear stresses. Inclined self-tapping screws with continuous threads have turned out to be an effective reinforcement. As neither the German design standard DIN 1052 nor technical approvals cover this construction method a research project funded by the AiF was conducted to gather basic information for its application. These basics include the determination of shear stresses next to concentrated loads, the interaction of compression perpendicular to the grain and rolling shear stresses as well as theoretical and experimental examinations of the load bearing behaviour of reinforced CLT-elements. This paper presents the main research results. A design concept validated by means of the test results is proposed.
This paper presents a study on rolling shear damage accumulation and duration of load of cross-laminated timber (CLT) with low cycle fatigue tests. The study of the duration-of-load (DOL) effect on strength properties of wood products is typically challenging; it may be more challenging for non-edge-glued CLT considering crosswise layups of wood boards, existing gaps, and non-uniform stress distributions in cross layers. In experimental studies, short-term ramp loading tests and low cycle trapezoidal fatigue loading tests were used to study the DOL behaviour of the CLT rolling shear. The ramp tests were performed to establish the short-term CLT rolling shear strength properties. The low cycle trapezoidal fatigue tests were performed to evaluate the damage accumulation process for the matched specimens under controlled rolling shear stress levels. A stress-based damage accumulation model was further used to investigate the rolling shear DOL effect with model parameters treated as random variables calibrated against one set of the test data. The calibrated model predicted well comparing with the other set of the test data. This verified model provides a robust tool to quantify the DOL effect on rolling shear strength in the core layers of CLT that can be used in future studies of DOL behaviour in CLT under arbitrary loading histories.