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A new tool for the structural assessment of historic carpentry joints
Research Areas
  • Civil engineering and architecture,
  • Construction of engineering
Historic timber structures are composed of a large variety of carpentry joints: which normally have the most influence over their structural performance. Such diversity is principally related to the function, type, structural behaviour and shape of the joints. Furthermore, structurally distinct variants of the same type of joint were locally developed at different geographical locations or periods of time. Although modern joints often envolved from old carpentry's techniques, most taxonomy proposals have focused so far on modern joints and hence a specific taxonomy for historic carpentry joints is still required in order to unify the large variants of lexicons used for similar types of joints and organise such diversity in a systematic way. Hence, a taxonomy proposal was developed by Task Group 3, Working Group 1 of COST action FP1101 on Assessment, Reinforcement and Monitoring of Timber Structures, which is composed of a large number of experts from many countries. The new taxonomy is related with a database that contains information on the construction characteristics, structural behaviour and evaluation procedure of different types of historic carpentry joints. The database organises in a systematic way a large amount of data that is normally dispersed and often hardly accessible to practitioners working in conservation and assessment of timber structures. The paper discusses the new taxonomy and the use of the database as a valuable guide for the assessment of timber structures.
International Conference on Structural Health Assessment of Timber Structures, SHATIS?15
Wroclaw, Poland
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Proceedings of the International Conference on Structural Health Assessment of Timber Structures, SHATIS?15
  • Autor: Francisco Arriaga Martitegui (UPM)
  • Autor: Karel Sobra
  • Autor: Carina Fonseca Ferreira
  • Autor: Mariapaola Riggio
  • Autor: Dina D'Ayala
  • Autor: José Ramón Aira
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Construcción con Madera
  • Departamento: Ingeniería y Gestión Forestal y Ambiental
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