Contemporary non-metallic timber connections

Date Published

6 September 2022

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In buildings such as swimming pools, grit salt storage facilities and agricultural spaces there is a need for the provision of corrosion-resistant structure. Timber structures are an effective solution in these instances. However, within these structures it is also necessary to use corrosion-resistant connections. In recent years, interest in the use of contemporary, non-ferrous connections has grown. In part this has been a response to the situation described above, but it has also been through acknowledgement of the wider advantages that these connections can offer.

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This report presents an update on the current research being conducted at the University of Bath into the development of novel non-metallic timber connections. To date the development of these connections has been encouraging. In particular, the use of GFRP and DVW to make connections has
shown significant potential as a connection type suitable for contemporary applications. The results of the testing presented in this report, in addition to creep and fire testing results, will help to shape the future development of these and other nonmetallic
timber connections.

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