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Title: Effect of notches on the performance of cross-laminated timber

Source: Res. in Prog. RIP-4714-038. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 2 p.

Author(s)Ross, Robert J.; Shmulsky, Rubin

Publication Year: 2019  View PDF »

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Category: Research In Progress



Over the past few decades, the use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) for low- to mid-rise construction has expanded in Europe. Now this product is being slowly incorporated in the United States. Engineered wood products such as CLT provide builders with a unique opportunity to renew the way we construct and see our everyday spaces. Compared with other common construction practices, building with prefabricated CLT is cleaner, faster, and requires less intensive labor. One limitation of CLT panels is the application of notches for construction purposes. Notches are often employed as construction details to facilitate mechanical interlocking and placement of adjacent members, which can improve and facilitate building design.

Keywords: cross laminated timber; CLT; notches; timber engineering; stress concentration; mass timber; engineered panels; engineered lumber

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

File size: 395 kb(s)

Date posted: 12/05/2019
RITS Product ID: 96674
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Ross, Robert J.
Supervisory Research Gen. Engineer

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