Structural Wood Composites in Bridge Construction

by Christopher B. Meyer, Trus Joist Corp, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Serviceability and Durability of Construction Materials


Wood composites, known collectively as Structural Composite Lumber (SCL), are a family of wood-based products that better utilize the available wood fiber of a tree. This paper describes the composition of the various SCL products and their key attributes that provide marked improvement over conventional timber. Current applications of the material in bridge structures are mentioned and future developments necessary for greater acceptance by the design community and code authorities are described.

Subject Headings: Composite construction | Infrastructure construction | Wood | Wood bridges | Composite bridges | Bridge design | Composite structures | Wood structures

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