Australian hardwood girders: an innovation with composites

FCDD has been developing hybrid composite/timber beams for several years in collaboration with major timber bridge asset owners, and is now in the process of specialising products to meet the needs of specific asset owners. This collaborative process has revealed a range of philosophical approaches to the establishment of “target parameters” for hardwood alternatives that vary significantly in terms of product behaviour and performance. This is compounded by the lack of a recognised national approach to timber bridge design and evaluation, and the additional structural behaviour possibilities associated with emerging technologies. This paper begins by discussing some of the contemporary issues to be considered in timber bridge engineering and management, which leads to the pursuit of hardwood alternatives. Recent developments at FCDD are then described, and some typical cases are illustrated. A series of questions are raised as a result of this discussion, and these are summarised. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, please see ITRD abstract no. E211602.


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  • Accession Number: 01011248
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0855886986
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 19 2005 2:56PM