The search for an adhesive to grant glulam ductile behaviour

Brunner, Maurice Yaw; Engels, Isabel (2007). The search for an adhesive to grant glulam ductile behaviour In: SEMC International Conference. 10-12 Sep 2007.

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Ductility could enhance the load-bearing performance of glulam beams. The authors propose that a ductile glulam beam could be attained by adjusting the characteristics of the adhesive layers to permit the plastic “yielding” of the interface at a certain shear level. Calculation models were developed to predict the necessary properties of the adhesive layer. The results were presented to a partner from the chemical industry. Different adhesive layers were developed and tested with small beech specimens in tensile shear loading. The most promising mixes were selected to manufacture some small glulam beams which were tested in bending. The feasibility study was a success: the beams exhibited clear signs of ductile behaviour.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


School of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering
School of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering > Institute for Materials and Wood Technology
BFH Centres and strategic thematic fields > BFH Centre for Wood - Resource and Material


Brunner, Maurice Yaw and
Engels, Isabel


T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TH Building construction
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TP Chemical technology




Christelle Ganne-Chédeville

Date Deposited:

04 Mar 2020 15:40

Last Modified:

04 Mar 2020 15:40

Uncontrolled Keywords:

glulam adhesive ductile




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