Planar rectangular, slide-in reciprocal frame structures using salvaged timber and wooden nails

Gengmu Ruan*, Günther H. Filz, Gerhard Fink

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Abstract

In this paper, we present a preliminary investigation of planar rectangular reciprocal frame (RF) structures considering structural, architectural, environmental, fabrication and assembly aspects. Following a timber-only concept and a low-tech design philosophy, we specifically propose to use salvaged timber and wooden nails only, as materials for fabricating and connecting RF structures, which is in line with an ongoing research project that has initially investigated the characteristics of salvage timber and the structural behavior of wooden nail connection. The present experimental investigation focuses on the single multi-layered element in a basic layout of a four-element planar rectangular RF unit. The single elements are fabricated out of small timber boards to create an opening that serves as a slide-in connection for the ease of assembly. We experimentally investigated the structural behavior of the single element in the proposed unit under bending loads. We also explored the assembly process and the resulting patterns by using the proposed approach to build RF structures. Moreover, to showcase the structural and architectural features of the proposed RF unit, a design case was physically realized.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IASS 2022 Symposium affiliated with APCS 2022 conference
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2022
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAnnual Symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) and Asian-Pacific Conference on Shell and Spatial Structures (APCS): Innovation, Sustainability, Legacy - Beijing, China
Duration: 19 Sep 202223 Sep 2022
http://www.iass2022.org.cn

Publication series

NameProceedings of IASS Annual Symposia
PublisherIASS
ISSN (Electronic)2518-6582

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) and Asian-Pacific Conference on Shell and Spatial Structures (APCS)
Country/TerritoryChina
CityBeijing
Period19/09/202223/09/2022
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Keywords

  • Reciprocal frame structures
  • salvaged timber
  • wooden nails
  • planar rectangular layout
  • slide-in connection
  • timber-only
  • assembly process
  • sustainability

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