Old suspended timber floors flexurally-strengthened with different structural materials

Hugo Biscaia, Noel Franco, Ricardo Nunes, Carlos Chastre

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The design of timber beams has strict limits when it comes to the Serviceability Limit States (SLS) either in short-term or in long-term deflections. In order to face this aspect efficiently, the increase of the cross section of the beams might be considered as a solution. However, the prohibitive increase of the costs associated to this solution or the change of the initial architecture design of the building, opens the opportunity to find new and more efficient solutions. In that way, the use of additional reinforcements to the timber beams may be seen as a promising solution because either new or old structures would keep always their original aesthetical aspect with no significant self-weight increase and improving their behaviour to short and long-term actions. Therefore, the current study is dedicated to the analysis of composite timber beams where Fiber Reinforcement Polymers (FRP), steel or stainless steel are used to improve the stiffness, strength and deflection behaviour of old suspended timber floors. An experimental program was conducted where old suspended timber floors reinforced with CFRP strips were subjected to 4-point bending tests. A simplify nonlinear numerical model was developed to simulate the bending behaviour of the specimens and several other cases with other reinforcement configurations and different structural materials were assumed. The numerical analysis herein presented also takes into account both Ultimate and Serviceability Limit States of the reinforced specimens.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-81
Number of pages4
JournalKey Engineering Materials
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016
Event15th International Conference on Fracture and Damage Mechanics (FDM 2016) - Alicante, Spain
Duration: 14 Sep 201616 Sep 2016
Conference number: 15th


  • CFRP
  • Numerical modelling
  • Stainless steel
  • Steel
  • Suspended timber floor


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