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Innovative use and characterization of polymers for timber-related construction


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Darby, A., Ibell, T. and Evernden, M., 2010. Innovative use and characterization of polymers for timber-related construction. Materials, 3 (2), pp. 1104-1124.

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    http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ma3021104

    Abstract

    Timber gridshells have become a very popular, efficient, sustainable and beautiful structural application of timber. However, given the slender laths involved in this form of construction, there is concern over the durability of timber for this purpose, and Glass FRP (GFRP) laths have been proposed as a possible substitution. This paper considers this possibility. It goes on to look at the possible use of Basalt FRP (BFRP) for the same purpose, from the perspective of its creep characteristics. It is shown that the use of GFRP gridshells is a viable form of construction, and that enhanced durability characteristics of BFRP could lead to their adoption for gridshells, given that the creep characteristics of basalt fibres presented here are comparable to those of glass fibres. An altogether different form of timber construction is that of joist-and-floorboard. In the UK, there are thousands of historic buildings which use this floor construction, and a sizeable proportion of this building stock now requires upgrade, strengthening and/or stiffening to allow these buildings to be fit for purpose into the future. This paper goes on to consider the possible use of Carbon FRP (CFRP) to strengthen and stiffen such timber floors. It is shown that such strengthening and stiffening is entirely feasible, offering the potential for greatly enhanced stiffness, in particular. Further, it is shown that mechanical shear connection between CFRP and timber is best conducted using perpendicular-positioned screws, rather than raked screws.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsDarby, A., Ibell, T. and Evernden, M.
    DOI10.3390/ma3021104
    DepartmentsFaculty of Engineering & Design > Architecture & Civil Engineering
    Research CentresBRE Centre in Innovative Construction Materials
    Publisher Statementdarby-a-2010.pdf: All articles published by MDPI are made available under an Open Access license worldwide immediately. Please cite this article as follows: Darby, A., Ibell, T., Evernden, M., 2010. Innovative use and characterization of polymers for timber-related construction. Materials, 3 (2). pp. 1104-1124. The published source is available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ma3021104
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code17899

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