Robustness of Long Span Reciprocal Timber Structures

Nathalie Balfroid, Poul Henning Kirkegaard, Mario SASSONE Sassone

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Abstract

Robustness of structural systems has obtained a renewed interest due to a much more frequent use of advanced types of structures with limited redundancy and serious consequences in case of failure. The interest has also been facilitated due to recently severe structural failures such as that at Ronan Point in 1968 and the World Trade Centre towers in 2001. In order to minimize the likelihood of such disproportionate structural failures many modern building codes consider the need for robustness in structures and provides strategies and methods to obtain robustness. Therefore a structural engineer may take necessary steps to design robust structures that are insensitive to accidental circumstances. The present paper makes a discussion of such robustness issues related to the future development of reciprocal timber structures. The paper concludes that these kind of structures can have a potential as long span timber structures in real projects if they are carefully designed with respect to the overall robustness strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFull Papers : Taller, Longer, Lighter : meeting growing demand with limited resources : IABSE-IASS Symposium 2011
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherHemming Group Ltd.
Publication date2011
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventThe 35th Annual Symposium of the IABSE 2011, the 52nd Annual Symposium of the IASS 2011 and incorporating the 6th International Conference on Space Structures - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 20 Sep 201123 Sep 2011

Conference

ConferenceThe 35th Annual Symposium of the IABSE 2011, the 52nd Annual Symposium of the IASS 2011 and incorporating the 6th International Conference on Space Structures
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period20/09/201123/09/2011

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Keywords

  • Reciprocal Frames
  • Timber
  • Robustness
  • Static Determinacy
  • Redundancy
  • Ductility
  • Brittleness
  • Connections

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    Balfroid, N., Kirkegaard, P. H., & Sassone, M. SASSONE. (2011). Robustness of Long Span Reciprocal Timber Structures. In Full Papers : Taller, Longer, Lighter : meeting growing demand with limited resources: IABSE-IASS Symposium 2011 Hemming Group Ltd..