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Testing and analysis of a traditional oak frame
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-17, 23:44 authored by Hill, T, Jonathan ShanksJonathan Shanks, Stott, J, Walker, P
Despite the widespread historical use of green oak framing, using all-timber connections, their engineering performance is poorly understood. Restoration of existing structures and design of new buildings are both often reliant on the skills of the carpenter and historical precedents. Structural engineers frequently struggle to validate green oak frame designs using modern codes of practice. The present paper presents findings from a study undertaken to investigate the structural performance of arched-braced green oak sub-frames. The sub-frames were part of a traditional roof structure in a barn that had fallen into disrepair and was to be replaced. To inform the design process and improve engineering understanding, five identical arched-braced sub-frames were commissioned for load testing under laboratory conditions to failure. The experimental results from the sub-frame tests, including deformation and load capacity, are presented. Experimental load capacities are compared with a novel collapse load analysis.
Publication titleStructures and Buildings
Department/SchoolSchool of Architecture and Design
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
Rights statementCopyright 2007 ICE Publishing