Journal article

Structural behaviour of prefabricated stressed-skin engineered timber composite flooring systems

K Orlowski, SK Baduge, P Mendis, Y Oktavianus

Structures | Elsevier | Published : 2019


The primary focus of this study is understanding the behaviour and structural performance of prefabricated composite timber floor cassette systems with Oriented strand board (OSB) stressed-skins. These do not have a dedicated top flange, instead their plywood webs are integrally bonded to the OSB flooring skin through a chemical connection. Subsequently, local buckling of the stressed-skin was found to occur as the first failure mode. Specimens with 150 mm and 300 mm nail spacings were investigated for its effects on performance due to the criticality of the integrated web to floor skin connection in these systems. A total of 20 stressed-skin specimens were tested in three-point bending with..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The author would like to acknowledge the generous support provided by the University of Melbourne, the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing (CAMP·H) and the Australian Research Council (Project ID: IC150100023).