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dc.contributor.authorConan O'Ceallaigh, Conan
dc.contributor.authorSikora, Karol
dc.contributor.authorMcPolin, Daniel
dc.contributor.authorHarte, Annette M.
dc.identifier.citationO'Ceallaigh, Conan, Sikora, Karol, McPolin, Daniel, & Harte, Annette M. (2018). An investigation of the viscoelastic creep behaviour of basalt fibre reinforced timber elements. Construction and Building Materials, 187, 220-230. doi: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.07.193en_IE
dc.description.abstractAn investigation was carried out to examine the effect of flexural reinforcement on the long-term behaviour of timber beams. Creep tests, utilising statistically matched groups, were performed under Service Class 1 conditions on reinforced and unreinforced beams loaded to a common maximum compressive stress of 8 MPa. As flexural reinforcement resulted in a reduction in the timber tensile stresses, the viscoelastic tensile strains in the reinforced members were found to be significantly lower than in the unreinforced beams. It was found that the viscoelastic relative creep deflection was governed by the stress level in the timber and the reinforcement had an insignificant effect. It is concluded that current creep modification factors in Eurocode 5 may be suitable for the design of reinforced timber elements under Service Class 1 conditions. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.en_IE
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work has been carried out as part of the project entitled ‘Innovation in Irish Timber Usage’ (project ref. 11/C/207) funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine of the Republic of Ireland under the FIRM/RSF/COFORD scheme. The authors would also like to thank ECC Teo. (Earrai Coillte Chonnacht Teoranta) for supplying the timber used in this project. The contribution of the technical staff of the College of Engineering and Informatics, NUIG, in particular, Peter Fahy, Colm Walsh and Gerard Hynes, is acknowledged.en_IE
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dc.subjectEngineered wood productsen_IE
dc.subjectReinforced timberen_IE
dc.subjectSitka spruceen_IE
dc.subjectViscoelastic creepen_IE
dc.subjectGLULAM BEAMSen_IE
dc.titleAn investigation of the viscoelastic creep behaviour of basalt fibre reinforced timber elementsen_IE
dc.contributor.funderDepartment of Agriculture, Food and the Marineen_IE
dc.local.contactAnnette M. Harte, Dept. Of Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Building, Nui Galway. 2732 Email:

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