Wind-induced dynamic excitation is becoming a governing design action determining size and shape of modern Tall Timber Buildings (TTBs). The wind actions generate dynamic loading, causing discomfort or annoyance for occupants due to the perceived horizontal sway – i.e. vibration serviceability failure. Although some TTBs have been instrumented and measured to estimate their key dynamic properties (natural frequencies and damping), no systematic evaluation of dynamic performance pertinent to wind loading has been performed for the new and evolving construction technology used in TTBs. The DynaTTB project, funded by the Forest Value research program, mixes on site measurements on existing buildings excited by heavy shakers, for identification of the structural system, with laboratory identification of building elements mechanical features coupled with numerical modelling of timber structures. The goal is to identify and quantify the causes of vibration energy dissipation in modern TTBs and provide key elements to FE modelers. The first building, from a list of 8, was modelled and tested at full scale in December 2019. Some results are presented in this paper. Four other buildings will be modelled and tested in spring 2021.
This paper explores the possibility of using flexible adhesives to dissipate energy in CLT buildings during earthquakes. In the first series of tests, a rod glued in a CLT panel with flexible adhesive was investigated. The connection was tested in pull-pull configuration using cyclic, tension-only loading. Different rod diameters and different thicknesses of the glue layer were tested. The tests have shown that the adhesive can resist large deformations and exhibits fairly large energy dissipation capacity. Based on the test results the numerical analyses were performed to test the behaviour of the connection when applied in CLT buildings. Existing constitutive models available in OpenSees software were used to simulate the specific hysteretic behaviour of the connection. The results have shown that the CLT wall anchored with "flexible" glued-in rods would have a significant energy dissipation capacity if a sufficient number of them were used as the hold-down devices. Such system could be used to dissipate energy in seismic areas.
This paper presents the development of two new types of hybrid cross-laminated timber plates (HCLTP) with an aim to improve structural performance of existing cross-laminated timber plates (Xlam or CLT). The first type are Xlam plates with glued timber ribs and the second type are Xlam plates with a concrete topping. A numerical...
This paper presents the results of an experimental study whose objective was to investigate the behavior of a hybrid wood shear-wall system defined herein as a combination of traditional light-frame wood shear walls with post-tensioned rocking Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) panels. The post-tensioned CLT panels in the hybrid system offer both vertical and lateral load resistance and self-centering capacities. The traditional Light-Frame Wood Systems (LiFS) provide additional lateral load resistance along with a large amount of energy dissipation through the friction of nail connections. Thus, a combination of these two types of structures, in which traditional light-frame wood shearwalls are utilized as structural partition walls, may provide an excellent structural solution for mid-rise to tall wood buildings for apartments/condos, where there is a need for resisting large lateral and vertical loads as well as structural stability. In this study, a real-time hybrid testing algorithm using a combination of time-delay updating and Newmark-Beta feed forward to reduce the undesirable effects of time delay was introduced. The top two-stories of a three-story building were modeled as a numerical substructure with the first story as the experimental CLT-LiFS substructure. The experimental results of the hybrid wall are presented and discussed in this paper.
This paper investigates the seismic analysis of multi-story cross laminated timber (XLAM) buildings. The influence of different parameters such as wall geometry, vertical load level, friction and, most importantly, connection stiffness, strength and ductility is assessed. Linear and nonlinear finite element (FE) analyses are carried out on a hypothetic four-story case study building. The XLAM building behaviour factors are derived for different cases using a simplified method. Values in the range of 2 to 3 have been obtained depending on whether monolithic or segmental walls are used. Further nonlinear dynamic analyses carried out on a part of the case study building show that friction may have a beneficial effect on the seismic resistance of XLAM buildings. However it is advised that its influence is conservatively neglected until further investigations are performed. Obtained results provide an important insight for both academics and practicing engineers into the FE modelling and design of XLAM buildings using different code-based approaches. This data is also crucial for the preparation of new seismic design codes on XLAM timber buildings.
Use of timber as a construction material has entered a period of renaissance since the development of high-performance engineered wood products, enabling larger and taller buildings to be built. In addition, due to substantial contribution of the building sector to global energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and waste production, sustainable solutions are needed, for which timber has shown a great potential as a sustainable, resilient and renewable building alternative, not only for single family homes but also for mid-rise and high-rise buildings. Both recent technological developments in timber engineering and exponentially increased use of engineered wood products and wood composites reflect in deficiency of current timber codes and standards. This paper presents an overview of some of the current challenges and emerging trends in the field of seismic design of timber buildings. Currently existing building codes and the development of new generation of European building codes are presented. Ongoing studies on a variety topics within seismic timber engineering are presented, including tall timber and hybrid buildings, composites with timber and seismic retrofitting with timber. Crucial challenges, key research needs and opportunities are addressed and critically discussed.
This paper deals with the issue of seismic strengthening of existing older reinforced concrete frame buildings. A new method of strengthening by applying a new outer shell made of cross laminated timber (crosslam or Xlam) plates is presented. A seismic strengthening case study is presented on a 3 story reinforced concrete frame building. The results of shaking table tests of a (strengthened) two-story reinforced concrete frame with and without infill are presented.
The proposed retrofit system employs a new outer cross laminated timber jacket to stabilise a building against horizontal shear forces that are caused by earthquakes; on one hand the timber panels have a low mass and therefore don’t contribute much to seismic forces, however they are very stiff on the other hand and provide high shear resistance. The new outer shell could have windows, doors and a façade installed already in the manufacturing plant. Another positive aspect of the outer shell is that there are no harsh interventions to a building and that people don’t have to move out during the construction phase (unlike when using most of the conventional methods for seismic strengthening). On the other hand the installation of panels is also possible from the inside with little influence on the existing structure. All together it makes a unique system that prolongs the lifespan of constructions, contributing to sustainability. In the following chapters the system is presented more in detail as well as the results from dynamic shaking table tests of a reinforced two-story RC frame with masonry infill.
This paper deals with the seismic behaviour of timber-glass systems. A series of experiments was performed on the shaking table of the IZIIS institute in Skopje, Macedonia. One and two story full scale structures were subjected to a series of ground motions. All together 8 different setups were tested. The chosen combination of glass-timber walls exhibited a rocking type of behaviour, resulting in a desirable ductile failure of steel hold-downs and not brittle failure of the glazing or the timber frame.