Low cost Glulam Portals have been successful in achieving a total saving of up to 13% in comparison to standard steel frame structures, when compared to the. Glulam frame of a roof structure. Glued laminated timber, also called glulam, is a type of structural engineered wood product The result was the first glulam portal. In , Hetzer moved his company to Ettersburger Strasse, still in Weimar. Key words: construction design, structure, three-pinned frames, long-span, . Glulam portal frames (reproduced from Handbook 1 – Timber structures. ).

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Furthermore, when using glulam it is possible to obtain larger cross-sectional dimensions and longer lengths than solid construction timber. Small manufacturing tolerances and good form stability within normal temperature and moisture conditions.

Glulam construction

The development of resin glues contributed to the wide use of glued laminated timber construction. In elements of this type, any characteristics or features, such as knots, which may exist in the individual laminates, are equally spread, unlike a solid timber element from the same species.

Pressure-treated glulam timbers or timbers manufactured from naturally durable wood species are well suited for creating bridges glualm waterfront structures. Glulam is the term used for beams, arches or columns consisting of several laminates of timber arranged parallel glulqm the longitudinal axis of the member; the individual pieces being assembled with their grains approximately parallel and glued together to form a member which functions as feame single structural unit.


The following sizes in the table are in stock and should be the first choice, especially if only a few beams are involved.

Retrieved 19 April Views Read Edit View history. The roof of the Centre Pompidou-Metz museum is composed of sixteen kilometers of glued laminated timber. Here in [6] Otto Hetzer set up a steam sawmill and carpentry business in Kohlstrasse. A case study comparing energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and costs for roof beams found it takes two to three times more energy and six to twelve times more fossil fuels to manufacture steel beams than it does to manufacture glulam beams.

Beginning inhe took out a series of patents. Glulam optimizes the structural values of a renewable resource — wood. The first building in the United States to use structural glued laminated timber was a school gymnasium in Peshtigo. Portal frames can have curved framd finger-jointed haunches. Good heat insulating characteristics, reducing the effect of cold bridges and the risk of condensation.

CAT 5 hurricane-resistant log houses are built of glulam timber [20]. Glulam has many applications: EN Timber Structures — Glued laminated timber — Requirements is the European standard specifies the requirements for glued laminated timber products used in load-bearing structures, and deviations from target size corresponding to tolerance class requirements.

A total of 34 drame glulam posts support the overhangs where the roof extends beyond the walls.

Other dimensions are also available depending on the factories’ capability. Straight beams are manufactured with a constant cross-sectional dimension, mono-pitched or double-pitched.


The PostFinance Arena is an example of a wide-span sports stadium roof using glulam arches reaching up to 85 metres. Porta, is one tenth the weight of steel and one sixth the weight of concrete — the embodied energy to produce it is one sixth of that for a comparable strength of steel.

Glued Laminated Timber Comes to America. These structural members are used as vertical columns or horizontal beamsas well as curved, arched shapes. Low weight, resulting in low transport and erection costs and reducing the cost of foundations.

Glulam construction

CNC machine tools can utilize up to five axes, which enables undercutting and hollowing-out processes. Architectural design and construction No other building material can be compared with glulam for expressing architectural or structural possibilities. When glued laminated timber was introduced to the building technology in the early twentieth century, casein glues, which are waterproof but have low shear strengths, were widely used. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment The life cycle greenhouse gas emission is lower for the glulam beams.

Glulam consists of individual laminates of structural timber, providing a highly effective utilization of the raw material. No other building material can be compared with glulam for expressing architectural or structural possibilities.