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Innovative composite systems with enhanced resilience to extreme loads

Project Leader: Tuan Ngo
Staff: Prof Tuan Ngo, Dr Abdallah Ghazlan, Dr Tuan Nguyen
Collaborators: Prof Hong Guan (Griffith University) Assoc Prof Benoit Gilbert (Griffith University) Prof Alex Remennikov (University of Wollongong)
Primary Contact: Tuan Nguyen (tuan.nguyen@unimelb.edu.au)
Keywords: civil engineering; sustainable systems; Tactile Internet
Disciplines: Infrastructure Engineering

Engineered wood products (EWP), recent re-inventions of construction materials, can provide promisingly sustainable solutions for the construction industry as they are less carbon intensive than steel and concrete. EWP systems are being extensively employed in mid-rise buildings in North America and Europe, particularly mass solid timber (MST) systems such as glulam, laminated veneer lumber (LVL) beams/columns and cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels.

In Australia, the 2019 National Construction Code (NCC) allows for the construction of mid-rise timber buildings up to 25 metres for all building classes provided that Deemed-to-Satisfy provisions are satisfied, which significantly increases the potential to use EWP systems for future building construction. However, EWP systems are prone to a lack of structural resilience and robustness as evidenced by the collapse of timber structures around the world. This project aims to develop an innovative, hybrid mass solid timber composite system that possesses superior structural resilience to extreme loads and progressive collapse.

Further information: https://findanexpert.unimelb.edu.au/profile/6717-tuan-ngo

Timber construction of 25 King CLT building in Brisbane.