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Comparison between Predicted and Measured Moisture Content and Climate in 12 Monitored Timber Structures in Switzerland

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2895
Year of Publication
2021
Topic
Moisture
Application
Wood Building Systems
Author
Schiere, Marcus
Franke, Bettina
Franke, Steffen
Müller, Andreas
Organization
Bern University of Applied Sciences
Editor
Brandner, Reinhard
Publisher
MDPI
Year of Publication
2021
Format
Journal Article
Application
Wood Building Systems
Topic
Moisture
Keywords
Moisture Content
Climate
Meteorological Data
Building Standards
Monitoring
Research Status
Complete
Series
Buildings
Summary
Wood is a hygroscopic material that primarily adapts its moisture content to the surrounding relative humidity. The climate in a structure or building depends on the building type and the region the structure is located in. In this study, the effect of region on the moisture content of wood was investigated. Measurements taken in 12 ventilated timber structures were compared to the theoretical equilibrium moisture content calculated from the relative humidity and temperature in 107 meteorological stations across Switzerland. The monitored load-bearing elements were made of softwood and protected from the direct impact of weather. The climatic conditions around the Alps, a mountain range that runs from France to Austria and crosses Switzerland, can be divided into the following three different regions: (1) south of the Alps, where the climate is affected mainly by the Mediterranean sea; (2) north of the Alps, where the climate is affected by the Atlantic Ocean; and (3) the inner Alps, where the climate is considered to be relatively dry. The climatic conditions of the three separate regions were reflected in the measurements made in the monitored timber structures. Differences between the regions were quantified. The moisture content and relative humidity, similarly to temperature, depended on altitude (above sea level).
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Design of Connections in Timber Structures

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue1937
Year of Publication
2018
Topic
Connections
Design and Systems
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Author
Bader, Thomas
Blaß, Hans Joachim
Bocquet, Jean-François
Branco, Jorge
Brandner, Reinhard
Manuel Cabrero, José
de Proft, Kurt
Descamps, Thierry
Dietsch, Philipp
Franke, Bettina
Franke, Steffen
Görlacher, Rainer
Jockwer, Robert
Jorissen, André
Kleiber, Marion
Lemaître, Romain
Munch-Andersen, Jørgen
Pazlar, Tomaž
Ranasinghe, Keerthi
Ringhofer, Andreas
Sandhaas, Carmen
Schweigler, Michael
Stepinac, Mislav
Tuhkanen, Eero
Verbist, Maxime
Yurrita, Miguel
Editor
Sandhaas, Carmen
Munch-Andersen, Jørgen
Dietsch, Philipp
Publisher
COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)
Year of Publication
2018
Format
Book/Guide
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Topic
Connections
Design and Systems
Keywords
Eurocode 5
Fasteners
Screws
Dowel Type Fastener
Glued-In Rods
Numerical Modeling
Europe
Load Distribution
Research Status
Complete
Summary
This state-of-the-art report has been prepared within COST Action FP1402 Basis of structural timber design from research to standards, Working Group 3 Connections. The Action was established to create an expert network that is able to develop and establish the specific information needed for standardization committee decisions. Its main objective is to overcome the gap between broadly available scientific results and the specific information needed by standardization committees. This necessitates an expert network that links practice with research, i.e. technological developments with scientific background. COST presents the ideal basis to foster this type of joint effort. Chapter 8 Connections presents an integral part of Eurocode 5 and is in need of revision. This state-of-the-art report shall provide code writers with background information necessary for the development of the so-called Second Generation of the Eurocodes, now aimed to be produced in 2022.
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Failure Modes and Reinforcement Techniques for Timber Beams – State of the Art

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue11
Year of Publication
2015
Topic
Serviceability
Material
Solid-sawn Heavy Timber
Application
Beams
Author
Harte, Annette
Franke, Bettina
Franke, Steffen
Publisher
ScienceDirect
Year of Publication
2015
Format
Journal Article
Material
Solid-sawn Heavy Timber
Application
Beams
Topic
Serviceability
Keywords
Damage
Deterioration
Failure
Fasteners
Large Span
Loading
Reinforcement
Retrofit
Research Status
Complete
Series
Construction and Building Materials
Summary
Highly loaded and large span timber beams are often used for halls, public buildings or bridges. Reinforcement of beams may be required to extend the life of the structure, due to deterioration or damage to the material/product or change of use. The paper summarises methods to repair or enhance the structural performance of timber beams. The main materials/products cross sections and geometries used for timber beam are presented. Furthermore, their general failure modes are described and typical retrofitting and reinforcement techniques are given. The techniques include wood to wood replacements, use of mechanical fasteners and additional strengthening materials/products.
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Load Carrying Capacity of Cracked Beams

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue1544
Year of Publication
2016
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Author
Franke, Steffen
Franke, Bettina
Magnière, Noëlie
Year of Publication
2016
Format
Conference Paper
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Keywords
Cracks
Stiffness
Modulus of Elasticity
Load Carrying Capacity
Numerical Investigations
Experimental Investigations
Conference
World Conference on Timber Engineering
Research Status
Complete
Notes
August 22-25, 2016, Vienna, Austria p. 1123-1130
Summary
The increasing number of wood structure amongst large and potentially public buildings gave a new impulse to the assessment of timber structures. For assessing the state of timber elements, cracks are a key indicator. Therefore, experimental and numerical investigations on not cracked and partly cracked timber members were carried out and analysed. The results show no influence on the stiffness and modulus of elasticity for partly cracked beams. The experimental results were used for the development of analytical and validation the numerical solutions for the assessment of the residual load carrying capacity of cracked timber members. Several models predicting the residual load carrying capacity depending on the crack situation are presented.
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Long Term Monitoring of Timber Bridges - Assessment and Results

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2124
Year of Publication
2013
Topic
Moisture
Serviceability
Application
Bridges and Spans
Author
Franke, Bettina
Franke, Steffen
Müller, Andreas
Vogel, Mareike
Scharmacher, Florian
Tannert, Thomas
Publisher
Scientific Net
Year of Publication
2013
Format
Journal Article
Application
Bridges and Spans
Topic
Moisture
Serviceability
Keywords
Monitoring
Bridge
Moisture Content
Climate
Research Status
Complete
Series
Advanced Materials Research
Summary
Timber bridges have been built for decades all around the world. The hygroscopic material behavior of wood leads to the change of the moisture content of the wood and the dimensions depending on the climate. Therefore in regular inspections following questions arise: what happens with the wood due to the climate changes? Are there major changes of the moisture content? Are there differences between the natural material axes or within the cross section of the structural members? To answer these questions, traffic timber bridges with big cross sections are long-term monitored within a research project. The results of the moisture contents measured and a comparison between the different measuring groups and positions are presented. The analyses confirm that the moisture content in the wood follows the climate changes delayed and with smaller amplitude against the calculated equilibrium moisture content. In first steps, a different behavior of the change of the moisture content could be determined over the cross-section and along the span of the member.
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