Experimental and Computational Characterization of long-term (creep) performance of Fiber-reinforced composite/wood

Tenlam, an innovative prestressed aramid/wood composite system for reinforcing glulaminated beams, is a patented system. The system will be used as an integral system for reinforcing glulaminated beams, thus producing a cost-effective, lightweight and astatically pleasing building system. The system will also expand the use of wood in applications where otherwise wood cannot be considered. This is because of wood's relatively low stiffness (compared to steel or concrete), and despite of its all other positive attributes. While Tenlam has received great interest from Teijin (one of world's largest fiber producer), the lack of data for its long term performance and the associated engineering design protocol has decelerated its commercialization. The proposed study (which is the second phase of our ongoing investigation), will systematically investigate and characterize the long-term performance and creep characteristics of the system's constituents, as well as the system as a whole, through a systematic series of experimental and computational investigations.

Mohammad Yahyaei
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Farid Taheri
Nova Scotia