About the Project
The issue of sustainability in the construction industry has accelerated the use of materials which are more sustainable and nature friendly. Two major factors could hinder the wider use of solid timber: the relatively small range of sections and the lower structural capacity compared with reinforced concrete structures. Thus introducing glulam could solve partly those two disadvantages by producing laminated members which are stronger and have a higher availability in required sections. The addition of FRP in the production of glulam would open opportunities to increase further and to a significant degree the capacity of the new products.
The aim of the project is to study the combination of laminated timber and FRP by carrying out extensive experimental programme and numerical modelling. The economical optimisation of the combination of the two materials for structural applications will follow, leading to a development of new composite sections combining sustainable features and structural integrity.
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