FPInnovations carried out a survey with consultants and researchers on the use of analytical models and software packages related to the analysis and design of mass timber buildings. The responses confirmed that a lack of suitable models and related information for material properties of timber connections, in particular under combination of various types of loads and fire, was creating an impediment to the design and construction of this type of buildings. Furthermore, there is currently a lack of computer models for use in performance-based design for wood buildings, in particular, seismic and fire performance-based design.
In this study, a sophisticated constitutive model for wood-based composite material under stress and temperature was developed. This constitutive model was programmed into a user-subroutine and can be added to most general-purpose finite element software. The developed model was used to model the structural performance of a laminated veneer lumber (LVL) beam and a glulam bolted connection under force and/or fire. Compared with the test results, it shows that the developed model was capable of simulating the mechanical behaviour of LVL beam and glulam connection under load and/or fire with fairly good correlation.
With this model, it will allow structural designers to obtain the load-displacement curve of timber connections under force, fire or combination of the two. With this, key design parameters such as capacity, stiffness, displacement and ductility, which are required for seismic or fire design, can be obtained.
It is recommended that further verification and calibration of the model be conducted on various types of wood products, such as CLT, glulam, SCL and NLT, and fasteners, e.g. screw and rivet. Moreover, a database of the thermal and structural properties of the wood members and fasteners that are commonly used in timber constructions need to be developed to support and facilitate the application of the model.
This report summarizes the results of a one-year project with the primary objective of documenting the results of six full-scale fire tests carried out on houses in Kemano BC in 2001. During the year, however, Forintek worked with a Ph.D. student at Carleton University to go beyond this objective and to compare the results of the experiments with the predictions of fire models.
These full-scale fire tests were conducted in order to assess the performance of wood-frame assemblies exposed to fire in furnished houses. The first item ignited in all tests was a waste-paper basket in contact with an item of upholstered furniture or a mattress. The fires were allowed to follow their natural course for a significant period of time without intervention by fire fighters so that the houses' wood-frame structures were challenged in a realistic fashion. Each experiment was instrumented to measure temperatures at up to 50 locations within rooms and building assemblies.
Observations taken onsite and a quick review of the raw data, allowed important conclusions to be drawn:
Fire spread quickly from the waste-paper basket to upholstered furniture or mattresses. Subsequent fire development was rapid with flashover occurring rather early. The temperature in the room of fire origin got much hotter than in standard fire-resistance tests.
Properly designed wood-frame walls and ceilings act as a significant barrier to fire spread.
The contents of a house (in particular, upholstered furniture and mattresses) are more of a fire-safety threat than the wood-frame structure. In all fires, untenable conditions developed before the structure was involved in fire.
In very large fires, a firewall provides a significant barrier to the spread of fire between two buildings of combustible construction.
A detailed analysis has also been undertaken whereby the fires were simulated using available fire models in order to assess whether the models give a good representation of real fires and of the performance of wood-frame assemblies. The results of this analysis, summarised below, were very encouraging.
The predictions of Forintek’s computer model WALL2D for the temperature between 15.9 mm fire-rated gypsum and wood studs in walls agreed very well with the measured values. Both experiment and theory demonstrated that fire-rated gypsum delays the involvement of studs in fire for a very long period of time.
The predictions of BREAK1, a commercially available computer model, were very close to the times at which window glass was observed to crack.
Using measured fire temperatures and a simple model, the rate of burning during the early stages of the fires, in which it was primarily a couch that was burning, was similar to that of upholstered furniture observed in a comprehensive European furniture study.
A simple model for predicting the maximum temperature rise in a fire-room with closed doors and windows was found to give predictions in good agreement with the experiments.
This report summarises the findings of four of the six tests conducted in Kemano. Each of these four tests has, however, been studied in more detail than originally planned. Forintek scientists will continue to study the data from the Kemano fires. In particular, simulation of these fires using available computer models will continue. If fires in wood-frame structures can be modeled accurately, one can begin to assess the advantages and disadvantages of various design options. In the end, the computer models will be used to evolve recommendations on how to improve the fire-safety performance of housing.
The design of wood-frame structural systems to withstand exposure to fire depends on knowledge of the fire endurance (time-to-failure) of the wood members used in the system. In fires, wood looses part of its load-carrying capacity due to charring and part due to strength degradation. This thesis examines the reduction in compression strength experienced by dimension lumber when exposed to elevated temperatures.
A program of experimental testing of nominal 2×4 Machine Stress Rated (MSR) lodgepole pine lumber concentrically loaded in compression and exposed to elevated temperature was undertaken by Forintek Canada Corp., Canada's wood products research institute. A computer program entitled HTExposure was written to simulate the experimental time-to-failure data gathered in Forintek's testing program. This computer program combines a modification of an existing heat-transfer model with various published compression-strength reduction models. This was done in order to determine which of those strength-reduction models could predict times-to-failure comparable to the observed values. As well, a new compression-strength reduction model was proposed. When predicted results were compared to the observed data, it was determined that the computer program predicted results closest to those observed when using the new compression-strength reduction model proposed in this study.
The objective of the current project is to develop a performance-based design process for wood-based design systems that would meet the objectives and functional statements set forth in the National Building Code of Canada.
More specifically, this report discusses the fire and seismic performance of buildings, as identified as a priority in a previous FPInnovations report.
WoodST is capable of calculating heat transfer, charring rate, load-displacement curve as well as the time and mode of failure of timber structures exposed to fire, thus providing a cost-competitive solution for the fire safety analysis of timber structures. This InfoNote briefly introduces the development and verification of WoodST. Two applications of WoodST are also demonstrated.
WoodST est capable de calculer le transfert de chaleur, la vitesse de carbonisation, la courbe charge-déplacement ainsi que le moment et le mode de défaillance des structures en bois exposées au feu, offrant ainsi une solution à coût compétitif pour l'analyse de la sécurité incendie des ossatures en bois. La présente note d’information présente brièvement le développement et la vérification de WoodST. Deux applications de WoodST sont également présentées.