Fire performance of a Glulam-FRP composite - Proof of concept

Harrison Wall, Dilum Fernando, Cristian Maluk

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Abstract / Description of output

The fire performance of conventional Glulam beam and load-bearing floor timber systems must be understood before these structural systems can be used with confidence. Fire-induced failure mechanisms of Glulam beams are perceived to be induced by reduction of the members' cross section (charring and/or delamination) or weakening of the structural support conditions. The research study described herein investigates a prototype Glulam beam incorporating Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) fabric at the interface between lamellas. The fire performance of Glulam beams and the fire safety benefits of incorporating FRP was investigated in depth. Although, the increased load-bearing capacity at ambient did not significantly increase due to the inclusion of FRP, the capacity during fire shown to increase significantly.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event2018 World Conference on Timber Engineering, WCTE 2018 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 20 Aug 201823 Aug 2018


Conference2018 World Conference on Timber Engineering, WCTE 2018
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Fibre reinforced polymer
  • Fire performance
  • Glulam beam
  • Structural behaviour


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