Hardboard Webbed Wood I-Beams

Maya Fitton, Bryan Walford Forest Research Institute, Rotorua, New Zealand

This present paper describes the testing of hardboard webbed wood I-beams with flanges of laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and analyses their performance under third-point bending. The investigations are part of an ongoing Master’s Degree study supported by Forest Research. The results showed that I-beams with hardboard webs were stronger and stiffer than the plywood webbed I-beams, in spite of the plywood webs being 50% thicker than the hardboard webs.
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