Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Structural performance of non-metallic timber connections

At a glance

Funding body: University of Bath studentship
Principal investigator: Richard Harris
Co-investigator: Martin Ansell and Pete Walker
Researcher: Andrew Thomson
Dates: 2007-2010


In many situations experienced by architects and engineers there is a need for the provision of a corrosion resistant timber structure. Swimming pools, grit-salt storage facilities, and agricultural buildings are just some examples. Within the context of contemporary timber construction the options available to the designer are to use prefabricated glued connections or mechanical stainless steel fasteners.

This PhD project seeks to explore opportunities for greater use of metal free connections in modern softwood timber construction through experimental studies and developing analytical models. The project follows on from previous work studying connections in traditional green oak construction.