Composite repair of timber structures
Publication Name: Construction and Building Materials
Publication URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0950061802000442
An approach, using pultruded composites, to rejuvenate low aspect ratio timber beams, which model railroad bridge span timbers, is described. The approach focuses on overcoming the loss of shear properties by inserting fiberglass pultruded rods from the bottom to the top of the beam, through areas of damage. The concept includes the incorporation of an adhesive during the process of insertion, which not only bonds the reinforcing rods in-place, but also, fills adjacent cracks. Scale beam testing, with a variety of reinforcement cases, has been performed and the overall results are extremely positive, with test beams showing strong recovery of flexural properties and improvement in the strain to failure.