Experimental verification of the modern semi-rigid timber connections

The paper deals with theoretical and experimental research of the timber connections using modern timber connectors Rothoblaas Alumidi. These connectors allow for semi-rigid behaviour of the connections. The paper describes the theoretical background of semi-rigid connections, explains the methods used in the numerical analysis and the design of test connections. The thesis continues with the experimental verification of the designed specimens. The experimental results are compared with the numerical analysis. The findings obtained from the experiment and recommendations for practice are summarized in the conclusion.

Comparative analysis of composite timber-concrete ceiling systems

This paper compares two concepts of composite timber concrete ceilings and their uncoupled alternatives based on a parametric study by comparing the final deflections of individual variants and at the same time considering according to the ultimate limit state. It includes a comparison of coupled and uncoupled variants while maintaining the same boundary conditions as the load, the thickness of the ceiling structure and the load width. By considering other factors, we can achieve more optimal variant, thanks to more accurate consideration of the required boundary conditions such as the complexity of installation or fire resistance. The purpose of this paper is to simplify the optimal selection of the ceiling structure based on the suitability of the supporting structure.

Experimental tests of timber connections with glued-in rods in bending

The article deals with research of joints with glued-in threaded rods. The introduction provides a brief presentation of the issue. The first part focuses on axially loaded glued-in threaded rods. The second part explains the behaviour of joints with glued-in rods loaded by bending moment. Theoretical analysis was performed on models based on the finite element method. Verification of theoretical results was realized by practical experiments. Tensile tests were carried out on timber blocks with glued-in bars to verify the depth of affixing. Furthermore, the resistance in bending was confirmed on actual beams with glued-in bars in the middle of the span. Results and the follow-up work are summarized in the conclusion.

Results of rheological test on timber trusses

In the paper the results of exceptional experimentation are presented, which focuses on the long-term loading of metal plate connected wood trusses. The uniqueness of research project is given by real dimensions of long-span samples and by the term of loading over one year. The aims of long-term experimentation were detection of two main parameters. The magnitude of additional deflections and time of load action needed for their development. In the paper the deflection curves are presented, namely time dependence of deflections. In the paper the recommendations for producers of metal plate connected wood trusses and for structural engineers are mentioned. The purpose of that research project is to increase the safety and reliability of timber load-bearing structures.

Methods for determining the charring rate of timber and their mutual comparison

There are simplified and advanced design methods for the determination of the mechanical resistance of timber structures in fire. The simplified methods have some limitations and in case it is not possible to use the simplified methods, it is necessary to use the advanced ones. These advanced design methods can be analytical or numerical. This contribution deals with the determination of the one-dimensional charring rate depending on time by advanced calculations, focusing on the influence of different input parameters, with the results of an experiment being presented for comparison. The aim of this paper is to show that despite the suitability and conservativeness of the method according to Eurocode 5, there are various cases (different moisture, wood species etc.) when it is necessary to perform numerical or analytical analyses without the possibility to apply standard input parameters. Therefore, this contribution compares individual methods for finding of the most appropriate one.