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    Effects of Freeze-Thaw Cycles on Physical and Mechanical Properties of Glulam Exposed to Outdoor Environment

    Ruyuan Yang1, Haitao Li2,*, Assima Dauletbek1,2, Mahmud Ashraf2,4, Rodolfo Lorenzo3, Youfu Sun1, Yuehong Wu1

    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.9, No.7, pp. 1293-1307, 2021, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2021.015296

    Abstract This paper presents an experimental investigation to identify suitable indices to assess durability of glulam when subjected to freeze-thaw cycles in an exposed enviroenment. In this study, two types of glulam specimens were tested for their performance when subjected to different levels of aging due to freezing and thawing. Effect of aging treatment on various parameters including thickness swelling rate, static bending strength, elastic modulus, shear strength, and peeling rate of adhesive layer were studied. Obtained results showed that freeze-thaw aging treatment did not affect the water-resistance of the specimens as measured by thickness swelling… More >

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