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Advanced Quality and In-Service Condition Assessment Procedures for Mass Timber and Cross-Laminated Timber Products

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2558
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Organization
Forest Products Laboratory
Mississippi State University
Country of Publication
United States
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Keywords
Non-Destructive Evaluation
Bond Performance
Monitoring Techniques
Serviceability
Quality Assurance
Research Status
In Progress
Notes
Project contacts are Frederico França at Mississippi State University and Robert J. Ross at the Forest Products Laboratory
Summary
With the rapid development of CLT manufacturing capacity around the world and the increasing architectural acceptance and adoption, there is a current and pressing need regarding adhesive bond quality assurance in manufacturing. As with other engineered glued composites, adhesive bondline performance is critically important. Bondline assessment requires technology in the form of sensors, ultrasonics, load cells, or other means of reliable machine evaluation. The objectives of this cooperative study are to develop quality assurance procedures for monitoring the quality of mass timber and CLT during and after manufacturing and to develop assessment techniques for CLT panels in-service.
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Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) Resistance to Infestation by Subterranean Termites

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2265
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Organization
Mississippi State University, USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory
Country of Publication
United States
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Keywords
Biodegradation
Research Status
In Progress
Notes
Contact: C. Elizabeth Stokes, Mississippi State University, Juliet Tang, Forest Products Laboratory
Summary
Outcomes anticipated from the results of this project are biodegradation information for CLT products and an improved understanding of biodegradation differences between CLT products and comparable laminated and solid wood products. Results will benefit the emerging CLT industry and provide valuable information for market expansion into areas with high termite pressure.
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Development of Preservative-treated Southern Pine Cross-laminated Timber

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2566
Topic
Moisture
Mechanical Properties
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Industrial Application
Organization
Mississippi State University
Country of Publication
United States
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Industrial Application
Topic
Moisture
Mechanical Properties
Keywords
Industrial Mats
Preservative Treatment
Weathering
Durability
Research Status
In Progress
Notes
Project contact is Hyungsuk Lim at Mississippi State University
Summary
This project aims to develop the preservative-treatment procedures for industrial cross-laminated timber (CLT) mats composed of southern yellow pine (SYP) lumber. The feasibility of pre- and post-treating CLT panels with an environment-friendly preservative system for ground-contact applications at an industrial scale will be evaluated from adhesion, mechanical, and durability performance aspects. As for the pre-treatment method, CLT panels will be consolidated with preservative-treated lumber adopting industrial CLT manufacturing parameters, including glue-type and clamping pressure. Alternatively, conventional CLT panels will be pressure treated with the same preservative system and dried afterward. As one of the primary focuses of the research, drying schedules which would not damage wood or adhesive layers will be determined. Also, penetration and retention of the preservatives throughout the post-treated panels will be analyzed. Adhesion and mechanical performance of the treated panels will be evaluated according to industry-accepted standards. Durability performance of the treated panels will be examined through laboratory weathering and on-site field tests.
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Effect of Notches on the Performance of Cross-Laminated Timber

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2559
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Organization
Forest Products Laboratory
Mississippi State University
Country of Publication
United States
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Keywords
Notches
Notched Connections
Bending Properties
Flexural Properties
Research Status
In Progress
Notes
Project contacts are Robert J. Ross at the Forest Products Laboratory and Rubin Shmulsky at Mississippi State University
Summary
Notches, particularly when incorporated on the tensile face, influence the ultimate capacity of members, such as beams and floor panels. Understanding and quantification of failure modes, ductility, and strength of notched CLT floor panels can allow the safe application of notches on building construction. Despite wood’s ductility, notches are known areas of stress concentration. The 2018 International Residential Code for one- and two-family dwellings (International Code Council 2017) restricts the use of notches on engineered wood products by requiring structural calculations instead of elucidating the ways notches might be used. To employ CLT to its maximum potential, there is a current and pressing need for better knowledge regarding the influence of notches on flexural performance. This research seeks to review the literature regarding notches in solid and engineered beams, review typical CLT design details that employ or utilized notched panels, and conduct pilot-scale testing of notched CLT panels.
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