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Recent failures in glulam structures and their causes

Hansson, Martin LU and Larsen, Hans Jörgen LU (2005) In Engineering Failure Analysis 12(5). p.808-818
Abstract
A number of failures have recently occurred in glulam structures in the Scandinavian countries. This paper analyses and discusses two of these failures: Two recently built glulam roof structures with spans of about 75 and 55 m that failed under low loading conditions. Gross error in the design was found to be the main cause in one case, but other potential failure causes were identified and analysed. The other structure failed mainly do to poor manufactured connections. By sheer luck, nobody was killed nor injured. Problems in the building process are discussed. In particular changes in the building organization, stronger clients and more time to planning and design are believed to improve poor quality.
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glulam structures, failures, error identification
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Engineering Failure Analysis
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12
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5
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808 - 818
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Elsevier
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1350-6307
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10.1016/j.engfailanal.2004.12.020
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English
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  abstract     = {A number of failures have recently occurred in glulam structures in the Scandinavian countries. This paper analyses and discusses two of these failures: Two recently built glulam roof structures with spans of about 75 and 55 m that failed under low loading conditions. Gross error in the design was found to be the main cause in one case, but other potential failure causes were identified and analysed. The other structure failed mainly do to poor manufactured connections. By sheer luck, nobody was killed nor injured. Problems in the building process are discussed. In particular changes in the building organization, stronger clients and more time to planning and design are believed to improve poor quality.},
  author       = {Hansson, Martin and Larsen, Hans Jörgen},
  issn         = {1350-6307},
  keyword      = {glulam structures,failures,error identification},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {808--818},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Engineering Failure Analysis},
  title        = {Recent failures in glulam structures and their causes},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.engfailanal.2004.12.020},
  volume       = {12},
  year         = {2005},
}