Development and Distribution of Tools for Fast and Accurate CLT Engineering Design

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue3172
Year of Publication
2022
Topic
Design and Systems
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Walls
Roofs
Floors
Organization
Equilibrium Consulting Inc.
Year of Publication
2022
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Walls
Roofs
Floors
Topic
Design and Systems
Keywords
CLT Design Tools
Research Status
In Progress
Notes
Forest Service/USDA Wood Innovations Grants Recipient Point of Contact: Matt Kantner Location: Sandy Springs, Georgia
Summary
While there are many great resources for building owners, contractors, and designers related to mass timber design, there are few tools available for codified design of relatively new mass timber elements for structural engineers. This project intends to help plug this gap by producing, publicly releasing, and promoting two tools that structural engineers can use for fast and accurate design of CLT elements: one tool for bending members (e.g. floors and roofs) and the other for primarily axially loaded members (e.g. walls). Any structural engineer designing CLT members will benefit from these tools –using them will save engineers time, make them more comfortable designing CLT elements, and ultimately will spur use of CLT on building projects. This will benefit the entire forest product value chain from landowners all the way to CLT fabricators and erectors.
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