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Understanding the compatibility of UK resource for dowel laminated timber construction

Plowas, W; Hairstans, Robert; Bell, T; Bros Williamson, Julio


W Plowas

T Bell

Julio Bros Williamson


Dowel Laminated Timber (DLT also know as Brettstapel) is a technique of constructing large-scale solid timber panels for use as structural or non-structural elements. The technique utilizes smaller sawn timber sections mechanically fixed together with timber dowels by means of moisture movement. Moreover, as DLT utilizes locally sourced material and does not include adhesives it can be considered a natural low carbon value engineered product.
This paper presents the findings of an industry and academic collaborative project to determine the viability of producing DLT from UK Larch given the spread of Phytophthora Ramorum (commonly referred to as Ramorum disease). The work undertaken evaluated:
• The compatibility of Larch resource with the production method including a review of supply chain considerations in Scotland.
• Timber-dowel-timber connection research to determine optimized configurations relative to panel load span conditions.
• Structural appraisal of DLT systems for use in flatwise orientations for floor panel specification.
• Determination of intermediate floor panel to wall detailing in accordance with Eurocode 5.
• Appraisal of DLT panels trial in a new build project as floor panels.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name Integrated Design Conference
Start Date Jun 29, 2016
End Date Jul 1, 2016
Acceptance Date Dec 31, 2016
Online Publication Date Oct 1, 2016
Publication Date 2016
Deposit Date May 13, 2016
Publicly Available Date Oct 1, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Brettstapel, product development, in-situ testing, engineered wood products,
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Contract Date May 13, 2016


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