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Basis of Design Principles for Timber Structures

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Year of Publication
2018
Topic
Serviceability
Design and Systems
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Author
Abeysekera, Ishan
Baravalle, Michele
Brandner, Reinhard
Colling, François
Fink, Gerhard
Hamm, Patricia
Hochreiner, Georg
Honfi, Dániel
Ilharco, Tiago
Jockwer, Robert
Kleinhenz, Miriam
Kohler, Jochen
Lawrence, Andrew
Marcroft, Julian
Mikoschek, Michael
Toratti, Tomi
Editor
Fink, Gerhard
Honfi, Dániel
Kohler, Jochen
Dietsch, Philipp
Publisher
COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)
Year of Publication
2018
Format
Book/Guide
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Topic
Serviceability
Design and Systems
Keywords
Eurocode
Deflection
Vibrations
Serviceability Limit States
Eurocode 5
Dowel Type Fastener
Failure Behavior
Research Status
Complete
Summary
This report represents the results of the activities performed in working group 1, Basis of Design. The most important task of working group 1 was the defragmentation and harmonization of techniques and methods that are necessary to prove the reliable, safe and economic application of timber materials or products in the construction industry. This report is structured into five parts. At first general principles regarding the design formats are addressed (Part I). Afterwords timber specific aspects regarding code calibration (Part II) and serviceability (Part III) are summarized. In Part IV other demanding issues for the implementation into Eurocode 5 are addressed. Here also summaries of joint activities with other working groups on cross laminated timber and timber connections are presented. The report concludes with a guideline for data analysis (Part V).
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Bending Tests on Glued Laminated Timber Beams with Well-Known Material Properties

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue186
Year of Publication
2013
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Beams
Author
Fink, Gerhard
Kohler, Jochen
Frangi, Andrea
Organization
ETH Zurich
Year of Publication
2013
Format
Report
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Beams
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Keywords
Bending Strength
Failure
Load Bearing Capacity
Four Point Bending Test
Density
Model
Bending Stiffness
Research Status
Complete
Summary
At the Institute of Structural Engineering at the ETH Zurich numerous of investigations are conducted to analyse the load bearing capacity of glued laminated timber beams. The investigations are part of the research project ’Influence of varying material properties on the load bearing capacity of glued laminated timber (glulam)’. The investigations are taking place on 24 glulam beams with well-known material properties. The glulam beams are fabricated out of 400 timber boards. From those boards the material properties are investigated non-destructively within a former research project. During the glulam fabrication it is particularly focused to keep the information of the timber boards; i.e. after the glulam fabrication the position of each particular timber board within the glulam beam and thus the position of each particular knot is still known. The glulam beams are investigated during a 4-point bending test. On the glulam members the load bearing capacity, the bending stiffness and the density is measured. Furthermore local strains within the glulam beams are investigated using an optical coordinate-measurement device. Following the test the failure is investigated in detail. Hereby the type of failure (knot cluster, finger joint, clear wood) and the amount of failure (number of damaged lamellas) is documented. Afterwards the failed glulam beams are loaded again to analyse the remaining bending strength and the corresponding remaining bending stiffness. The major aim of the experimental analysis is the investigation of the load bearing capacity of glulam beams with well-known local material properties. The gained results can be used for an investigation of the influence of local weak zones, such as knot clusters or finger joints, on the load bearing capacity of glulam. In addition a data basis is produced to develop a new model (or to evaluate existing models) for the estimation of the load bearing capacity of glulam.
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Deconstructable Timber-Concrete Composite Connectors

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2740
Year of Publication
2020
Topic
Connections
Material
Timber-Concrete Composite
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Floors
Author
Derikvand, Mohammad
Fink, Gerhard
Publisher
Society of Wood Science & Technology
Year of Publication
2020
Format
Conference Paper
Material
Timber-Concrete Composite
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Floors
Topic
Connections
Keywords
Deconstructable Connections
Deconstructable Connector
TCC
Push-Out Tests
Shear Strength
Slip Modulus
Failure Mode
Self-Tapping Screws
Conference
Society of Wood Science and Technology International Convention
Research Status
Complete
Summary
The application of deconstructable connectors in timber-concrete composite (TCC) floors enables the possibility of disassembly and reuse of timber materials at the end of building’s life. This paper introduces the initial concept of a deconstructable TCC connector comprised of a self-tapping screw embedded in a plug made of rigid polyvinyl chloride and a level adjuster made of silicone rubber. This connection system is versatile and can be applied for prefabrication and in-situ concrete casting of TCC floors in both wet-dry and dry-dry systems. The paper presents the results of preliminary tests on the shear performance of four different configurations of the connector system in T-section glulam-concrete composites. The shear performance is compared to that of a permanent connector made with the same type of self-tapping screw. The failure modes observed are also analyzed to provide technical information for further optimization of the connector in the future.
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Experimental and numerical investigations of a timber-concrete dovetail splice joint

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue3137
Year of Publication
2021
Topic
Connections
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber)
Author
Jaaranen, Joonas
Fink, Gerhard
Organization
Aalto, University
Publisher
Elsevier
Year of Publication
2021
Format
Journal Article
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber)
Topic
Connections
Keywords
Dovetail Joint
Numerical Modelling
Experimental Investigation
Research Status
Complete
Series
Journal of Building Engineering
Summary
Cross-laminated timber panels offer an effective option for timber structures; they allow biaxial load transfer and have good dimensional stability. However, practical transportation and handling limits size of the panel and a stiff connection between the panels is required to effectively utilise biaxial properties. In this paper, a dovetail splice joint for timber panels is presented using cross-banded LVL with cast concrete grout interlayer. The interlayer allows a tight fit, which is important for stiffness, but also avoiding installation problems due to manufacturing tolerances and moisture-induced dimensional changes. The mechanical behaviour of the dovetail joint was investigated experimentally for various geometries. Furthermore, a numerical model was developed that shows a wide agreement with the experiments, especially in the cases with governing failure in the LVL. Using the numerical model, a parameter study was performed where the influence of the connection length (number of dovetails) and the joint geometry on the strength and stiffness properties was investigated. Besides the optimal geometrical configurations of the dovetail joint, also a significant increase of the strength and stiffness properties with increasing connection length was identified.
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Experimental and numerical investigations of two-way LVL–concrete composite plates with various support conditions

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue3138
Year of Publication
2022
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Material
LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber)
Timber-Concrete Composite
Application
Floors
Author
Jaaranen, Joonas
Fink, Gerhard
Organization
Aalto University
Publisher
Elsevier
Year of Publication
2022
Format
Journal Article
Material
LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber)
Timber-Concrete Composite
Application
Floors
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Keywords
Two-way Plate
Experimental Modal Analysis
Static Load Test
Finite Element Modelling
Research Status
Complete
Series
Engineering Structures
Summary
Design of modern timber floors is often governed by the vibration serviceability requirements. One way to improve vibration serviceability is through the design of two-way floor systems. In this paper, the behaviour of two-way LVL–concrete composite plates and a plate strip is investigated experimentally, with an emphasis on the performance of proposed dovetail joint for connecting the adjacent LVL panels. The investigations consist of the experimental modal analysis and static load deformation tests, performed under multiple support conditions. The results show a significant two-way action, indicated by about 45% higher fundamental natural frequency when four edges are supported instead of two. The point load deflection in the centre of the plate was reduced of about 9%. Furthermore, a numerical model for two-way TCC plates was developed and results show a wide agreement with the experimental behaviour, except for discrepancies related to deflections on the plate edge. The results from the experimental and numerical investigations indicate that the dovetail joint can produce a stiff connection, such that the LVL layer could be regarded as continuous in the connected direction.
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Influence of Varying Material Properties on the Load-Bearing Capacity of Glued Laminated Timber

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue173
Year of Publication
2014
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Beams
Author
Fink, Gerhard
Organization
ETH Zurich
Year of Publication
2014
Format
Thesis
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Beams
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Keywords
Knot Clusters
Non-Destructive
Tensile tests
Load Carrying Capacity
Joints
Model
Research Status
Complete
Summary
Glued laminated timber (GLT) is a structural product composed of several layers of timber boards glued together. GLT components have many advantages, such as the larger range of available component dimensions to choose from, the environmental sustainability or the efficient ratio between weight and load-bearing capacity. Because of that, GLT beams have been established as one of the most important products in timber engineering in the last decades. As a natural grown material, timber properties exhibit higher variability, compared with other building materials. The variability is pronounced not only between different structural elements but also within single elements, the latter being highly related to the occurrence of knot clusters. Due to the highly inhomogeneous structure of timber, the prediction of the material properties of GLT beams is affected by large uncertainties. In the presented thesis, the influence of varying material properties on the load-bearing capacity of GLT beams was investigated. Thus the thesis contributes to develop the quality of GLT beams, in terms of reliability and efficiency. Detailed, non-destructive investigations of altogether 400 timber boards were performed. Thereby, different strength and stiffness related indicators, such as the position and characteristic of knots, or the eigenfrequency, were assessed. Furthermore, non-destructive tensile test were performed to estimate the stiffness properties of knot clusters. Out of the investigated timber boards, GLT beams having a precisely-known beam setup were fabricated. As a result, the exact position of each particular timber board (and each particular knot cluster) within the GLT beams was known. Afterwards, bending tests were performed to estimate the load-bearing capacity of these GLT beams. Thereby, the influence of knot clusters and finger joint connections on the deformation and failure behaviour was investigated. In addition to the experimental investigations, a probabilistic approach for modelling GLT beams (referred to as GLT model) was developed. Thereby, at first, timber boards are simulated according to their natural growth characteristics. Afterwards, out of the simulated timber boards, virtual GLT beams are fabricated. Finally, the load-bearing behaviour of these GLT beams is estimated by using a numerical model. To assure the quality of the numerical model, it was validated with the test results. Using the GLT model, the influence of different parameters, such as the position and characteristics of knots, or the quality of finger joint connections, on the load-bearing capacity of GLT beams was investigated. One further goal of this thesis was the investigation of machine-grading indicators, that are measured during the grading process. Therefore, all the investigations presented in this thesis are conducted for indicators measured in laboratory and machine-grading indicators. The same applies for the GLT model, which was also developed for both types of indicators.
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Non-Destructive Tests to Determine the Modulus of Elasticity of Wooden Boards

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue1140
Year of Publication
2012
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Author
Fink, Gerhard
Kohler, Jochen
Organization
ETH Zurich
Year of Publication
2012
Format
Thesis
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Keywords
Spruce
Non-Destructive Tests
Tensile tests
Young's Modulus
Knots
Research Status
Complete
Summary
At the institute of structural engineering at the ETH Zurich multiple of investigations are conducted to analyse the material properties of Norway spruce timber boards. The investigations are part of the research project “Influence of varying material properties on the load bearing capacity of glued laminated timber (glulam)”. The majority of the investigations are non-destructively. The investigations are taking place on 400 timber boards. On all specimens the moisture content, the density, the Eigenfrequency and the longitudinal ultrasonic runtime was investigated. Further all knots with a diameter larger then 10mm are measured. Thereby the position and the size of all the knots are documented. Subsequently on 200 selected boards non-destructive tensile test are performed to analyse the local young modulus. Herewith it was particularly focused on the investigation of the stiffness of areas having knots or knot clusters and areas without knots. The strains are measured with an optical coordinatemeasurement device. In the last part of the experimental investigation the deformation and failure behaviour of significant knot clusters is analysed. The strains are measured with digital image correlation. Focus of the entire experimental analysis was the investigation of the young modulus and the quantifications of its variability within timber members and between timber members. Within this study a database was produced to evaluate existing test methods for the estimation of the young modulus. Further, the results can be used as a basis for further investigations on the variability of structural timber.
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Prolonging life cycles of construction materials and combating climate change by cascading: The case of reusing timber in Finland

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue3139
Year of Publication
2021
Topic
Environmental Impact
Author
Niu, Yishu
Rasi, Kaarle
Hughes, Mark
Halme, Minna
Fink, Gerhard
Organization
Aalto University
Publisher
Elsevier
Year of Publication
2021
Format
Journal Article
Topic
Environmental Impact
Keywords
Reuse
Cascading
Environmental Impact
Carbon Footprint
Circular Economy
Research Status
Complete
Series
Resource, Conservation and Recycling
Summary
The aim of this study is to investigate the economic, environmental and technological challenges, as well as the environmental potential, of prolonging the life cycle of construction materials with focus on structural timber in Finland. To achieve this, a literature review was conducted along with interviews with actors pertinent to timber construction. Moreover, a case study of life cycle environmental impact assessment was conducted to quantify the potential of reusing timber to abate global warming and other environmental burden. The literature review highlighted the possibility of reusing structural timber, but pointed to the need for efficient and standardized assessment criteria. The interviews indicated interest towards the concept of circular economy applied to construction and demolition wood material, although this appears to be driven more by policy and regulation rather than for business reasons. Therefore, a reconfigured conceptual framework to achieve circularity for wood is proposed, where material brokers would be used to connect different actors along the value chain. The paper concludes with a case study showing that reusing structural timber components can result in a significant reduction of the environmental burden.
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