Peer-Reviewed Journal Details
Mandatory Fields
O'Ceallaigh, C,Sikora, K,McPolin, D,Harte, AM
Construction and Building Materials
An investigation of the viscoelastic creep behaviour of basalt fibre reinforced timber elements
Optional Fields
BFRP Engineered wood products Reinforced timber Sitka spruce Viscoelastic creep GLULAM BEAMS WOOD PREDICTION RODS
An investigation was carried out to examine the effect of flexural reinforcement on the long-term behaviour of timber beams. Creep tests, utilising statistically matched groups, were performed under Service Class 1 conditions on reinforced and unreinforced beams loaded to a common maximum compressive stress of 8 MPa. As flexural reinforcement resulted in a reduction in the timber tensile stresses, the viscoelastic tensile strains in the reinforced members were found to be significantly lower than in the unreinforced beams. It was found that the viscoelastic relative creep deflection was governed by the stress level in the timber and the reinforcement had an insignificant effect. It is concluded that current creep modification factors in Eurocode 5 may be suitable for the design of reinforced timber elements under Service Class 1 conditions. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Grant Details
DAFM/COFORD Research Proj Ref 11 C 207
Publication Themes
Environment, Marine and Energy, Informatics, Physical and Computational Sciences