Glafo, PG Vejdes väg 15,
Vejdes plats 3
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"about Glafo" page.
Project leader Glafo: Mikael
Project status: NEW
WOODWISDOM - LOAD-BEARING TIMBER GLASS COMPOSITES (LBTGC)
of this work is to develop a construction system based on load-bearing
and stabilised structures in which glass and wood work together.
In many respects, this project is a continuation of the "Glass-wood"
project that was concluded in 2011, and which investigated fundamental
properties and behaviour of an adhesively bonded load-bearing prototype
element of glass and timber.
The new project
will build upon this, and investigate how structural elements made of
glass and timber are affected by shear stresses and other mechanical
loads that arise when buildings are affected by (for example) wind or
earthquakes. The work is being carried out as part of the EU WoodWisdom
programme, with participants from Sweden (Glafo - the Swedish project
manager), Austria (the overall project manager), Germany, Slovenia,
Turkey, Chile and Brazil.
Swedish partners consist of Glafo, Linnæus University and the
commercial companies of SIKA, GBF, Stora Enso, Södra, Pilkington
The companies contribute
with expertise in the development of structural elements and demonstration
objects. Glafo is responsible for the evaluation of timber, glass and
adhesives used in the load-bearing structure. Linnæus University
is responsible for work on theoretical models and experimental investigations
of beams and shear walls.
The results are
intended to lead to the drafting of performance specifications for materials
to be used in the load-bearing elements. In addition, the effects of
varying humidity and temperature will be investigated as part of the
work of developing these elements.
The project started
with a kick-off meeting in Vienna in February, attended by all the European
participants. This was followed in the spring by several meetings in
Växjö and in Dresden.
expected effects and results
of performance specifications for glass, timber, adhesives, and bonding
of the glass/timber combination;
- design - comparison of small-scale and large-scale models using finite
element modelling and experiments;
- development of prototypes and demonstration objects;
- life-cycle analysis (LCA) of the load-bearing elements;
- dissemination of results in sector media, scientific journals and
is bringing together global skills, with the help of which it can develop
and improve the least used of the properties of glass; namely, its load-bearing
capacity. The involvement of international partners means that the results
can be expected to reach a very large public.
spring, Glafo will be working on sub-project "WP4 - Development",
for which it is the project manager. This aims to decide the choices
and specifications of timber, glass and adhesives as a basis for continued
work in sub-project WP5. In this, small-scale tests of timber, glass
and adhesives will be performed by the Technical University of Dresden
and by Linnæus University.