Three new WoodSolutions Technical Design Guides
WITH THE release of the EXPAN Guides #34 Timber Rivet Connection, #35 - Floor Diaphragms in Timber Buildings and #36 - Engineered Woods and Fabrication Specification, WoodSolutions gives Australian engineers and designers complete access to the innovative timber solutions of the EXPAN prefabricated engineered timber system.
The result of years of research and a unique collaboration between commercial and academic partners, the EXPAN system has created innovative structural timber solutions. Combining all the strength and endurance of steel into the lightweight elegance and flexibility of timber, the EXPAN prefabricated construction system brings timber into the commercial and industrial design age. The result is a cost effective, time efficient system that opens the way to new opportunities for the design and construction of commercial and industrial buildings.
With EXPAN, engineered timber framing can be used to create wide open spaces and build layouts with unparalleled flexibility – without the need for closely spaced columns or walls. The three new WoodSolutions Technical Design Guides complement the existing six titles to create an invaluable reference for structural engineers and designers.
The aim of the Design Guide #34 is to provide an aid for engineers for designing timber rivet connections in structural seasoned wood products including seasoned sawn timber, glulam and laminated veneer lumber (LVL).
The first part of the Design Guide #35 presents the terminology, concept and design of timber diaphragms with their connections to the lateral load-resisting system (LLRS). The second part reviews a design example of a timber–concrete diaphragm and its connections to the LLRS. The diaphragm is subjected to the wind load applied perpendicular to its long side.
The last Design Guide from this series, #36, provides a summary of fabrication and installation specifications of engineered wood products, i.e. laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and glulam. It provides recommendations for different steps of the timber structure supply chain, including storage, handling and transportation, erection and assembly. It includes insect and mould preventions and moisture design considerations.
“These new Guides complete the EXPAN range, and make up a comprehensive reference resource, for the design and construction industry to take full advantage of the many benefits of the innovative EXPAN prefabricated system.” said Eileen Newbury, National Marketing and Communications Manager at Forest and Wood Products Australia, one of the EXPAN development partners.
The EXPAN guides are based on the results of years of research by the Structural Timber Innovation Company (STIC), a unique collaboration between Australian and New Zealand commercial and academic partners to create innovative structural timber solutions. The EXPAN Technical Design Guides are available for free download from WoodSolutions.com.au.