Assessment of the residual load-carrying capacity of large span members in wood

Development reliable methods for assessing the residual load-carrying capacity of cracked/damaged timber members.

Factsheet

  • Department BUAS | Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering
  • Research focus Timber Constructions, Structures and Architecture
  • Research field Structural and Earthquake engineering
  • Funding body COST
  • Duration (planned) 01.07.2013 - 30.06.2015
  • Project management Steffen Franke
  • Head of project Bettina Franke
  • Project staff Noëlie Magnière
  • Project partners - research institutions incl. BFH BUAS | Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering
    EMPA
  • Keywords Assessment, residual load capacity, timber, cracks

Starting point

Development reliable methods for assessing the residual load-carrying capacity of cracked/damaged timber members. The delamination or the existence of cracks respectively is mostly one of the major visible indicators for a first assessment of timber constructions. But how to respect these cracks observed when estimating the residual load-carrying capacity of timber structural elements with cracks?

Objective

The objective is to develop reliable methods for assessing the residual load-carrying capacity of cracked/damaged timber members.