Structural performance of low grade timber slabs

Karunasena, W. and Summerville, C. J. (2011) Structural performance of low grade timber slabs. In: 21st Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM 21): Incorporating Sustainable Practice in Mechanics of Structures and Materials, 7-10 Dec 2010, Melbourne, Australia.

Text (Accepted Version)

Download (458Kb)


Low grade timber subject to loading exhibits a poor predictability when used in structural applications. Australia produces a large amount of low grade timber yearly which is sold at a loss due to its unreliable performance characteristics. This paper investigates the structural performance of small slab units manufactured from low grade timber when used to form a floor slab. Physical testing and finite element mod-eling have been used to determine the limitations of low grade timber floor slabs. The experimental work re-vealed that the behaviour of individual low grade timber members subjected to loading are highly unpredict-able due to the presence of excessive defects within the timber. It is concluded that utilizing low grade timber in small slab units in laminated form increases the reliability of the product considerably.

Statistics for USQ ePrint 9309
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2011 Taylor & Francis Group, London. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy. Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2011 03:22
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2014 05:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: timber slabs; finite element modelling; structural performance; floor slabs
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091210 Timber, Pulp and Paper
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090502 Construction Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8702 Construction Design > 870204 Residential Construction Design
B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8703 Construction Materials Performance and Processes > 870305 Timber Materials
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1201/b10571-169

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only