Project duration: 2018 - 2019
The objective of this proposed project is to characterize the shear performance of CLT connection systems under thermal loading. The research will be conducted in Richardson Hall and Owen Hall at Oregon State University.
The discovery project will lay a foundation for possible future work looking to create a database of performance of different connection systems and solutions under elevated temperature conditions that will be readily accessible, while developing robust fire endurance models. As part of this project, Woodworks will be involved as a stakeholder group. Every proposed strategy to provide a passive fire restraint to a CLT building is vetted by WoodWorks. In partnership with Woodworks, the PIs will identify and prioritize the solution in terms of research needs.
A key product from this project will be a graduate student trained in evaluating connections under extreme loading conditions and fire endurance modeling for tall wood structures. The student will be a future industry leader in this area and will take the field forward. The thesis projects of the supported student will be significant contributions to the current state-of-knowledge. The information generated will lead to the basis for a series of publications and technology transfer activities.