Three new WoodSo­lu­tions Tech­ni­cal De­sign Guides

Australasian Timber - - PREFAB -

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.

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