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Damping in Timber Structures

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue106
Year of Publication
2012
Topic
Design and Systems
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Floors
Beams
Author
Labonnote, Nathalie
Organization
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Year of Publication
2012
Format
Thesis
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Floors
Beams
Topic
Design and Systems
Keywords
Damping
Model
Panels
Spruce
Testing
Vibrations
Research Status
Complete
Summary
Key point to development of environmentally friendly timber structures, appropriate to urban ways of living, is the development of high-rise timber buildings. Comfort properties are nowadays one of the main limitations to tall timber buildings, and an enhanced knowledge on damping phenomena is therefore required, as well as improved prediction models for damping. The aim of this work has consequently been to estimate various damping quantities in timber structures. In particular, models have been derived for predicting material damping in timber members, beams or panels, or in more complex timber structures, such as floors. Material damping is defined as damping due to intrinsic material properties, and used to be referred to as internal friction. In addition, structural damping, defined as damping due to connections and friction in-between members, has been estimated for timber floors.
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Effects of interconnections between timber floor elements: dynamic and static evaluations of structural scale tests

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue3113
Year of Publication
2021
Topic
Acoustics and Vibration
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Floors
Author
Nesheim, Sveinung
Malo, Kjell Arne
Labonnote, Nathalie
Organization
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Publisher
Springer
Year of Publication
2021
Format
Journal Article
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Floors
Topic
Acoustics and Vibration
Keywords
Closed Hollow Section
Interconnection
Cyclic Loading Experiments
Point-load Deflection
Vibration Serviceability Performance
Research Status
Complete
Series
European Journal of Wood and Wood Products
Summary
Long-span timber floor elements increase the flexibility of a building and exhibit a significant market potential. Timber floor elements are endeavouring to fulfil this potential, but building projects employing long-span timber floors have encountered drawbacks. High costs and vibration performance are challenging, and the timber industry is under substantial pressure to find attractive solutions for building components with otherwise favourable environmental features. Only a few existing studies have investigated serviceability sensitivity in relation to timber floor connections. Interconnections are inexpensive to produce and install and may offer a resource-efficient approach to improving serviceability performance. In the present study, the effect of interconnections is investigated in a full-scale structural test. Floor elements positioned in different configurations have been tested for static and dynamic performance using different types of interconnections. The observed effects of interconnection types vary according to the configuration and direction of mode shapes, and are assessed in terms of shift in frequency, damping and resonant energy. These can all be utilised in combination with observed differences in the deflection parameter. The present work demonstrates that connections between timber elements have significant effects on timber floor serviceability and may offer interesting solutions to improve the vibration performance of long-span timber floors.
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Experimental Evaluations of Material Damping in Timber Beams of Structural Dimensions

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue574
Year of Publication
2013
Topic
Acoustics and Vibration
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Floors
Author
Labonnote, Nathalie
Rønnquist, Anders
Arne Malo, Kjell
Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Year of Publication
2013
Format
Journal Article
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Floors
Topic
Acoustics and Vibration
Keywords
Damping
Flexural Vibrations
Research Status
Complete
Series
Wood Science and Technology
Summary
Understanding the inherent damping mechanisms of floor vibrations has become a matter of increasing importance following the development of new composite floor layouts and increased span. The present study focuses on the evaluation of material damping in timber beam specimens with dimensions that are typical of common timber floor structures. Using the impact test method, 11 solid wood beams and 11 glulam beams made out of Norway Spruce (Picea abies) were subjected to flexural vibrations. The tests involved different spans and orientations. A total of 420 material damping evaluations were performed, and the results are presented as mean values for each configuration along with important statistical indicators to quantify their reliability. The consistency of the experimental method was validated with respect to repeatability and reproducibility. General trends found an increasing damping ratio for higher modes, shorter spans, and edgewise orientations. It is concluded from the results that material damping of timber beams of structural dimensions is governed by shear deformation, which can be expressed more conveniently with respect to the specific mode shape and its derivatives.
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Optimization framework for cost and carbon emission of timber floor elements

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue3001
Year of Publication
2022
Topic
Cost
Environmental Impact
Application
Floors
Author
Nesheim, Sveinung
Mela, Kristo
Malo, Kjell
Labonnote, Nathalie
Organization
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Tampere University
Publisher
Elsevier
Year of Publication
2022
Format
Journal Article
Application
Floors
Topic
Cost
Environmental Impact
Keywords
Cost Optimization
Carbon Emission Reduction
Timber Floor
Eurocode 5
Research Status
Complete
Series
Engineering Structures
Summary
Long-span timber floor elements increase the adaptability of a building and they exhibit a significant market potential. High cost of the floor elements is a challenge, and the timber sector is under substantial pressure to find more economical solutions without weakening otherwise favourable environmental performance. The range of technical timber-based materials and components, structural typologies, overlays and ceiling systems represent an immense solution space when searching for a competitive design for a specific building application. Finding the optimum solution requires a computational procedure. In this study a recent development for the accounting of manufacturing resources for timber elements is utilized to build an optimization framework for cost and ECO2 minimisation of timber floor elements finalized at the factory gate. The design of the element is formulated as a discrete optimization problem which is solved by a mixed-integer sequential linearization procedure. Various material combinations and constraint combinations are treated. The optimization framework provides a tool for rapid design exploration that can be used in timber floor design situations. The results of the calculations carried out in this study provide insight on the general trends of optimum floor elements. The optimization model is used to analyse the characteristics of the optimum designs, and a comparison between the current and the proposed method for the second generation of Eurocode 5 is chosen as a vehicle for demonstrating achievable implications.
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