In timber research, a main objective is the development and promotion of innovative and efficient timber structures. Therefore a pilot building, named ETH House of Natural Resources, has been designed, which uses two innovative structural systems, a post-tensioned timber frame and a composite beech LVL concrete floor. The building will be used as an office building for the Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology from ETH Zürich and will serve as a showcase building of a sustainable and reliable timber construction for students and researchers, among others.
Cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels are relatively new engineered wood products that can be used as load bearing walls, floors and roof elements in innovative and high quality modern timber structures. The fire behavior of cross-laminated timber panels requires careful evaluation to allow the expansion of CLT elements usage in buildings. A University of British Columbia study has been conducted at the Trees and Timber Institute CNR-IVALSA in San Michele all’Adige, Italy to experimentally evaluate the fire performance of Canadian CLT panels. In total, ten loaded fire tests were performed using standard fire curves (ULC/ASTM and ISO) to study the influence of different cross-section layups on the fire resistance of floor and wall elements and to investigate the influence of different anchors on the fire behavior of wall elements. This paper presents the main results of the experimental analyses and discusses in particular the charring rate, one of the main parameters in fire design.
This research paper deals with the evaluation of the dynamic modal vibration tests conducted on an innovative timber structure, the ETH House of Natural Resources. The building serves as a demonstrator of several innovative structural systems and technologies relating to timber. The main load-bearing structure comprises a posttensioned timber frame, which was subjected to modal vibration tests, firstly in the laboratory and, subsequently on the construction site. In this paper, the modal characteristics (eigenfrequencies, damping ratios and mode shapes), obtained from the laboratory testing campaign are presented. The modal vibration data is evaluated using polynomial and subspace identification techniques. The obtained results reveal that the structure exhibits pure translational, beam and column modes, as well as mixed beam-column modes. The bottom connection of the columns delivers significant influence on the modal characteristics, whereas the level of post-tensioning force yields no substantial influence in the modal characteristics obtained from low amplitude modal vibration tests.