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Title: Moisture monitoring and modeling of mass-timber building systems

Source: In: Proceedings, WCTE 2018-World conference on timber engineering. Seoul, Republic of South Korea: Korean Institute of Forest Science. 7 p.

Author(s)Kordziel, Steven ; Glass, Samuel V; Pei, Shiling ; Zelinka, Samuel L.; Tabares-Velasco, Paulo Cesar.

Publication Year: 2018  View PDF »

Category: Conference Proceedings
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4716-1A

Abstract: The use of mass timber structural products in tall building applications (6–20 stories) is becoming more common around the world including North America. A potential concern is the environmental wetting of mass timber products during construction because such products may dry out more slowly than light-frame structural lumber, and wood, as an organic material, is susceptible to deterioration at elevated moisture contents. In order to better understand the moisture conditions present in high rise timber constructions, a long-term moisture monitoring program was implemented on an eight story, mixed-use, mass timber framed building in Portland, Oregon. The building was monitored with an array of moisture meters to track moisture content throughout the building’s construction and operation. This paper presents data covering a period just over one year starting from the manufacture of cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels. Hygrothermal properties of CLT samples of the same type used in the building were measured in the laboratory, and wetting and drying experiments on representative CLT samples were conducted. Simulated moisture contents using a one-dimensional hygrothermal model compared reasonably well with laboratory experiments and building site measurements.

Keywords: Cross-laminated timber; moisture monitoring; building enclosure; hygrothermal modeling

Publication Review Process: Formally Refereed

File size: 866 kb(s)

Date posted: 09/27/2018

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RITS Product ID: 92601
Current FPL Scientists associated with this product (listed alphabetically)
Glass, Samuel V.
Research Physical Scientist
Zelinka, Samuel L.
Materials Research Engineer

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