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Flexural performance of cross-laminated timber constructed from fibre-managed plantation eucalyptus


Zareah, H and Lee, M and Nolan, G and Moradpour, P and Kotlarewski, N and Pangh, H, Flexural performance of cross-laminated timber constructed from fibre-managed plantation eucalyptus, Construction and Building Materials, 208 pp. 535-542. ISSN 0950-0618 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2019.03.010


This study was performed to evaluate the flexural performance of three-ply cross-laminated timber (CLT) floor panels made of unthinned and unpruned plantation Eucalyptus. The impact of the stress-grade of the timber boards on the modulus of elasticity (MOE) and modulus of rupture (MOR) of the panels was determined. The results indicated that the actual MOE of the timber boards from both species could not be appropriately estimated by visual stress-grading. The results revealed that the average MOE and MOR of the panels were significantly affected by the stress-grade of the boards in the top and bottom layers of the panels. The CLT panels made with high-grade boards showed respectively 24% and 21% higher MOE values than comparable panels made with low-grade boards for E. nitens and E. globulus. The failure modes were bending failure on the tensile side and rolling shear for the panels made of low-grade and high-grade boards, respectively. On average, the CLT panels made of E. globulus showed 17.7% higher MOE and 32.5% higher MOR values than comparable panels made of E. nitens.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cross-laminated timber, Eucalyptus nitens, Eucalyptus globulus, failure modes, modulus of elasticity, modulus of rupture
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Materials engineering
Research Field:Timber, pulp and paper
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Construction processes
Objective Field:Commercial construction processes
UTAS Author:Lee, M (Mr Michael Lee)
UTAS Author:Nolan, G (Professor Gregory Nolan)
UTAS Author:Kotlarewski, N (Dr Nathan Kotlarewski)
ID Code:131264
Year Published:2019
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (IC150100004)
Web of Science® Times Cited:23
Deposited By:Architecture and Design
Deposited On:2019-03-11
Last Modified:2022-08-24

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