Special Issue "Recent Advancements and Trends on the Design of “Timber Composite” Solutions for Enhanced Buildings"

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Chiara Bedon Website E-Mail
University of Trieste, Department of Engineering and Architecture, Italy
Phone: +39 040 558 3837
Interests: structural engineering, building materials, numerical modelling, experiments, extreme design loads, structural health monitoring

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Timber is a fundamental material for the design of buildings and structural systems in general. Although it is such a consolidated constructional material that it has been in use since antiquity, wood is frequently used in combination with other traditional (steel, concrete, etc.) or innovative constructional solutions (composite fibers, structural glass, etc.) to obtain structurally efficient systems. This is the case with new constructions—where innovative design concepts are applied—as well as existing structural systems—where the optimal combination of wood and other constructional materials can be taken into account for building retrofit purposes.

In both cases, careful consideration and knowledge are necessary not only for the intrinsic features of the combined materials, but especially to understand their reciprocal interaction. Hence, dedicated studies and specific design regulations are required.

Even more advanced analysis approaches and design methods are then expected for timber composite solutions under extreme design loads, such as earthquakes, fire, impacts, etc.

The aim of this Special Issue, in this regard, is to provide a wide overview of current research advancements, design applications, and ongoing trends on the topic of “timber composite” solutions for enhanced buildings. Experimental investigations, numerical studies, design proposals, and case studies are welcome.

Assist. Prof. Chiara Bedon
Guest Editor

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  • timber composites
  • structural engineering
  • building performance
  • design
  • experimental testing
  • numerical simulations

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Textiles and Fabrics for Enhanced Structural Glass Facades: Potentials and Challenges
Buildings 2019, 9(7), 156; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings9070156 - 28 Jun 2019
The use of textiles in architecture can cover a wide set of solutions and functions, spanning from buildings, towards geotechnical, aeronautic or automotive fields, etc. Special applications involve textiles in the health care or dressing scenarios. A multitude of other functions can then [...] Read more.
The use of textiles in architecture can cover a wide set of solutions and functions, spanning from buildings, towards geotechnical, aeronautic or automotive fields, etc. Special applications involve textiles in the health care or dressing scenarios. A multitude of other functions can then be found relatively for the use of textiles in building engineering and facades. As far as traditional facades or roofs composed of glass are taken into account, textiles offer a relevant number of potential uses that are specifically focused on energy, acoustic, insulation and even structural goals, in addition to pure architectural objectives. It is known that glass is relatively versatile, but has intrinsic needs and thermo-physical and mechanical features that require dedicated design methods, towards safe design purposes. Glass itself, in the form of constructional material, cannot be directly compared to other consolidated solutions for buildings. The same concept applies to textiles, and to their use to enhance other building components. Besides the key advantages deriving from the use of textiles in glass facades and envelopes—in the form of light, thermal or acoustic insulation, or energy efficiency—special care must be spent for specific structural requirements and performances. In some cases, textiles can in fact offer enhanced resistance to ordinary glass structures. In other conditions, textiles in combination with glass can ensure also enhanced acoustic and thermal performances. A multidisciplinary design approach able to properly fit several objectives should be considered. This paper aims at exploring the actual knowledge on glass textiles, with a focus on available tools and research trends, with careful consideration for structural glass facade applications. Full article
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