Global test standards and code design rules for compressive strength perpendicular to grain

A.J.M. Leijten, A.J.M. Jorissen

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Compressive strength perpendicular to the grain of timber beams is a difficult problem as not only many different load cases occur in practice, but also there is the lack of a reliable model. Furthermore, in the US, Europe and Australia/ New Zealand, the standardised test methods to determine the compressive strength lead to very different strength values. A physical model with a reference compressive strength as starting point is presented, which account for the differences mentioned. The evaluation accounts for a total of 590 radiate pine test results that cover four load cases and two specimen sizes. It is shown that the model presented is able to explain test results previously regarded incompatible. The model offers in principle, a consistent and simple way to bridge the differences between ASTM, ISO, CEN, Australian and New Zealand test standards. Introduced in structural design codes, the model enables a more accurate estimate of bearing capacity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the World Conference on Timber Engineering, Trento, June 2010
EditorsA. Ceccotti, J-W. Van de Kuilen, Dr.
Place of PublicationTrento
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event2010 World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE 2010) - trento, Italy
Duration: 21 Jun 201024 Jun 2010
Conference number: 11


Conference2010 World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE 2010)
Abbreviated titleWCTE 2010
OtherWorld Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE)


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