A Numerical Analysis of the Resistance and Stiffness of the Timber and Concrete Composite Beam
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Poznan University of Technology, Institute of Structural Engineering, Poland
Online publication date: 2015-03-01
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Maciej Szumigała   

*Institute of Structural Engineering, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Poznan University of Technology, Piotrowo 5, 60-965 Poznan, Poland
Civil and Environmental Engineering Reports 2014;15(4):139–150
The article presents the results of a numerical analysis of the load capacity and stiffness of the composite timber and concrete beam. Timber and concrete structures are relatively new, they have not been thoroughly tested and they are rarely used because of technological constraints. One of the obstacles to using them is difficulty with finding a method which would allow successful cooperation between concrete and timber, which has been proposed by the authors of the present article. The modern idea of sustainable construction design requires the use of new more environmentally-friendly solutions. Wood as an ecological material is easily accessible, less energy-consuming, and under certain conditions more corrosion-resistant than steel. The analysis presented in the article showed that cooperation between a wooden beam and a concrete slab on profiled steel sheeting is possible. The analysed composite beam has a greater load capacity and stiffness than the wooden beam.
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