Design Methodology Analysis of Cross-Laminated Timber Elements Subjected to Flexure

Aivars Vilguts, Imants Mieriņš, Dmitrijs Serdjuks


Cross-laminated timber is a structural material, which successfully used for structural purposes during the last years. The material is environmentally friendly and decreases CO2 emissions. Cross-laminated timber possesses a decreased level of anisotropy in comparison with solid and glued timber. It is significant for structural units working in bending. So, cross-laminated timber panels are considered as an object of investigation. Design methodology for cross-laminated timber panels subjected to flexure was presented. The methodology is based on LVS EN1995-1-1 and laminated plate theory. The presented methodology was tested experimentally and analytically. Behavior and mechanical properties of cross-laminated timber are analyzed for case of static loading. Two panels with thickness 95mm consisting from three layers were tested in laboratory. Freely supported panels with span equal to 2m, which is loaded by the uniformly distributed load was a design scheme of considered panels. The panel’s width was equal to 1m. Analytical FEM design method, which is based on the using of computational program ANSYSv14 and RFEM5.0, was checked by the experiment. The comparison of stresses acting in the edge fibers and vertical displacements shows that the considered design methodology can be used for engineering calculations. The result difference changes in limits to 30%.



cross laminated timber; numerical model; mechanical properties; laboratorial test

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