Special Issue "Research and Innovations in Engineered Timber and Mass Timber Products for Sustainable Built-Environment"

Submission Deadline: 31 August 2021
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Guest Editors
Mahmud Ashraf, Associate Professor, Structural Engineering at the School of Engineering, Deakin University, Australia
Prof. Mahmud Ashraf is currently leading the Engineered Timber Research Group in Deakin university with support from a number of key stakeholders in the Australian timber industry. He is working towards developing design codes for structural use of bamboo and engineered bamboo products in collaboration with INBAR (International Network for Bamboo and Rattan) and Nanjing Forestry University (China). Although his recent research interests are primarily focussed on renewable bio-composite materials and structures, Mahmud contributed significantly in the field of thin-walled metallic structures including stainless steel and high strength steel structures as well as 3D printed innovative metallic components. Mahmud is a very passionate academic, who played a key role in developing a new masters course on Infrastructure Engineering and Management to produce industry ready graduates for large infrastructue projects including railway engineering. 

Summary

Mass timber construction is gaining popularity in the construction sector for a number of reasons including renewable and environmentally sustainable material choice, innovative and customized options available with engineered mass timber products and aesthetics – these are just a few of a very long list of criteria that can justify use of timber in structures. Cross laminated timber has attracted the most interest from architects, engineers and builders with glulam being the other major engineered timber used in large scale construction. This surge in usage always require significant research and innovation. 
This special issue will cover all aspects of research innovation that are related to the mass timber construction revolution. Review articles, in-depth scientific investigations looking at structural, material, cost, construction technique and environmental impact aspects will be the primary target for this issue.


Keywords
Engineered Wood Products; Mass timber; Cross laminated timber (CLT); Glue laminated timber (GLT); Laminated vineer lumber (LVL); Bio-composite materials; Sustainable construction; Sustainable materials

Published Papers
  • Bonding Mechanism of Bamboo Particleboards Made by Laccase Treatment
  • Abstract Using 1–8 years bamboo as materials, the content of different chemical constituent was tested, and the reactive oxygen species (ROS) free radicals produced from laccase treated bamboo were detected by electron spin-resonance (ESR) spectroscope. The wet-process particleboard was made from laccase-treated bamboo by hot pressing and board mechanical properties including internal bond strength (IB), modulus of rupture (MOR) and thickness swelling (TS) after 2-hours water absorption were tested under different conditions. Results showed that laccase mainly catalyze the bamboo components and improved the bonding strength of laccase-treated boards. By ESR measurement on each single component such as milled bamboo lignin,… More
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