PhD scholarship: Effects of moisture content on the mechanical properties of connections in solid wood products
Moisture is the enemy of all building materials. Moisture is associated with corrosion of steel, spalling of concrete and, of course, deterioration of timber. In timber elements, the main concern with moisture is in relation to its ability to create conditions conducive to biological attack. Nevertheless, water intrusion has much more immediate effects on the mechanical properties of timber associated with swelling of the wood. This detrimental effect is often concentrated in timber connections, around mechanical fasteners.
This project aims to understand the impact of moisture changes on the mechanical properties of connections in solid wood products. It will examine the effects of repeated wetting and drying on connections in timber samples. The results will help engineers design more resistant structures, and evaluate capacity losses in structures that experience wetting. In the long term, the project aims to improve the reputation of timber as a construction material, by increasing the knowledge in timber durability.
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