Technology Briefing at Empa: "Use of Hardwood in Structural Engineering - Opportunities and Challenges".

Note from Engineers' Day: On July 5, 2023, the Technology Briefing on "Use of Hardwood in Structural Engineering" will take place at Empa in Dübendorf. On this afternoon, researchers and industry partners will present how construction with hardwood offers solutions to challenges in the construction of highly stressed timber structures and how the use of wood in structural engineering can be expanded.

Large forces in long-span and multi-story engineering structures of timber construction require the use of high-performance components and optimized technologies to ensure the structural safety of the structures.

Even though hardwood makes up more than 30 percent of the Swiss forest, softwood is used almost exclusively in construction. Yet construction products made of hardwood certainly offer innovative potential, especially for bending beams and columns. However, the high stresses on these components also call for additional considerations in the planning of the supporting structures, e.g. by attaching greater importance to the aspect of robustness.

Results from research projects and practical examples will show you how, thanks to close cooperation between researchers and industrial partners, a marketable introduction and implementation of the new solutions in practice can be achieved.

Learn more about the program and the speakers and register here: www.empa-akademie.ch/technology

Copyright, picture reference: Michael, Portmann, ZBAG / neue Holzbau AG, Lungern

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