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Limited-damage 3D-printed interlocking connection for timber volumetric structures: Experimental validation and computational modelling

Li, Z. & Tsavdaridis, K. D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8349-3979 (2022). Limited-damage 3D-printed interlocking connection for timber volumetric structures: Experimental validation and computational modelling. Journal of Building Engineering, 63, article number 105373. doi: 10.1016/j.jobe.2022.105373


Cross laminated timber volumetric construction (CLTVC) is an innovative construction technology that combines the sustainability of timber and the efficiency of modular construction, as opposed to conventional construction. However, the connection installing methods of CLTVC, such as fastening, are laborious with limited accessibility for connection installations, thus hindering the application of CLTVC in mid- and high-rise structures. Therefore, a new way of connecting CLT modules by sliding and stacking is explored herein with a proposed damage-control interlocking connection system, aiming to provide a more efficient assembly solution to CLTVC that does not require onsite screwing. Quasi-static monotonic and cyclic test, and numerical analyses were conducted to assess the mechanical performance of the proposed connections, which possessed adequate translational stiffness and strength of the proposed connections. The connections' ability to control deformation – damage is moved away from timber and the embedded fasteners, was also well demonstrated in the test, as both screws and timber remained mostly intact after testing. The proposed connection design showcases a new concept of modules’ assembly in volumetric construction with higher efficiency and flexibility; meanwhile demonstrates the potential in reducing the permanent damage to structural materials during service life and enabling reuse.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons CC-BY license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TH Building construction
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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