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Special Issue "Sustainable Development of Timber Buildings"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Green Building".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2023 | Viewed by 787

Special Issue Editors

School of Architecture, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK
Interests: timber engineering; bamboo engineering; structural materials; building conservation; earthquake engineering; vibration control
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School of Engineering, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK
Interests: timber structures; vibration control; smart materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, timber has attracted attention globally and has gradually been seen as a mainstream construction material. Timber is a renewable material that can sequester carbon from the atmosphere. With the pressing need to achieve net zero buildings, using timber as a substitute for more carbon-intensive materials has become an option in many countries. With the development of engineered wood products, such as cross laminated timber (CLT), glulam, laminated veneer lumber (LVL), etc., wood has become a reliable material for modern buildings. Timber is lightweight and easy to prefabricate, and hence one of the best options for modern methods of construction (MMC). Thus, there is a trend of using timber in taller buildings or with larger open spaces.

Although there have been several Special Issues published in various journals on timber, very few have focused on the broader issues. It is important to ask more fundamental research questions such as “how will timber contribute to the net zero building target in a particular country?”, for example. Therefore, this Special Issue will not only focus on technical issues regarding how to build with timber but will also aim to be a publication venue for research that demonstrates the environmental benefits of timber. We hope to recruit articles on the following topics:

  • Wood products and wood material sciences—with a focus on durability;
  • Structural performance and design of timber buildings;
  • Fire protection and resistance of timber buildings;
  • Sustainability and environmental benefits of timber buildings;
  • Carbon footprint and LCA of timber constructions;
  • Design and simulation tools of timber buildings;
  • Wellbeing of occupants in timber buildings.

Dr. Wen-Shao Chang
Dr. Haoyu Huang
Guest Editors

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  • sustainable materials
  • construction technology
  • forest management
  • structural engineering
  • environmental engineering
  • building physics

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Experimental Study and Theoretical Analysis of Side-Pressure Laminated Bamboo Lumber Columns under Axial Compression
Sustainability 2022, 14(18), 11360; - 10 Sep 2022
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Side-pressure laminated bamboo lumber is made by gluing and pressing bamboo sheets together and can be used as a structural building material. The experiment and theoretical analysis are carried out for the side-pressure laminated bamboo lumber columns under axial compression in order to [...] Read more.
Side-pressure laminated bamboo lumber is made by gluing and pressing bamboo sheets together and can be used as a structural building material. The experiment and theoretical analysis are carried out for the side-pressure laminated bamboo lumber columns under axial compression in order to understand its performance under axial compression. In the experiment, the curve of load and lateral displacement in the middle of columns with different slenderness ratios is obtained under axial compression by considering the slenderness ratio (range: 23.1–92.4) of the specimen as a variable. Results show that the specimen undergoes an elastic stage, elastic-plastic stage, and failure stage when subjected to stress. The failure is characterized by a prominent ductility during this period. With an increase in the slenderness ratio, the elastic stage for the specimen is shortened, while the elastic-plastic stage is extended. Based on the geometric non-linear analysis, the pressure bar stability is analyzed for the specimen through the large deflection theory. A stable differential equation of the side-pressure laminated bamboo lumber column is established under axial compression. Based on the differential equation, the relationship between the bearing capacity of the axial center of the side-pressure laminated bamboo lumber column under axial compression and the lateral displacement in the middle of column can be derived as the reference for the application of side-pressure laminated bamboo lumber. Full article
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