Reinforced Glued Laminated Timber

by Bruce D. Pooley, P.E., (M.ASCE), Consultant; Wood Composites Engineering, Inc., Corvallis, OR,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1996, Vol. 66, Issue 9, Pg. 50-53

Document Type: Feature article


In record time, reinforced glued laminated timber (glulam) has moved from an experimental product to wide-spread commercial acceptance. Several case studies illustrate applications and potential cost savings. Glued laminated timber (glulam) is an engineered wood composite widely used for structural timbers. Unreinforced glulam technology uses specially graded wood laminations bonded with adhesive. Glulam that is reinforced with fiber-reinforced plastics, a patented process, is having a major impact on the use of wood composites in infrastructure and building construction.

Subject Headings: Laminated materials | Wood and wood products | Wood structures | Infrastructure construction | Case studies | Wood construction | Glass reinforced plastics

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