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Transverse Distribution of Concentrated Loads on Timber Composite Floors

ISISE, Civil Engineering Department, University of Coimbra, Rua Luís Reis Santos—Pólo II, 3030-788 Coimbra, Portugal
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Presented at the 2nd International Research Conference on Sustainable Energy, Engineering, Materials and Environment (IRCSEEME), Mieres, Spain, 25–27 July 2018.
Proceedings 2018, 2(23), 1421; https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2231421
Published: 1 November 2018
Timber-concrete composite floors can be seen as bi-dimensional elements constituted by repeatable longitudinal elements (timber beams) connected through an element capable to spread the load on the transverse direction (concrete slab). This is usually a fact to “take advantage of” in terms of design, in the light of current regulations, with the analysis of a “T-shape” beam. Nevertheless, when concerning the action of concentrated loads, considering them supported entirely by the beam to which they are applied can result in a disadvantage rather than an advantage. This study focus on the distribution of load in the transverse direction when composite floors are subjected to concentrated loads. There were analyzed not only timber-concrete composite floors, that already have proven their value, but also relatively new solutions as those using cross laminated timber (CLT) combined with steel beams. The results show that the load received by “the loaded beam” can be far from 100%.
Keywords: timber-concrete floors; CLT-steel floors; concentrated load distribution timber-concrete floors; CLT-steel floors; concentrated load distribution
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Monteiro, S.; Dias, A.; Lopes, S. Transverse Distribution of Concentrated Loads on Timber Composite Floors. Proceedings 2018, 2, 1421.

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