Schreyer tests Live Oak wood for Smithsonian Channel’s show

As part of a documentary on the background behind Peter Weir's maritime masterpiece, "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.", Alexander Schreyer (Lecturer and Assistant Program Director in BCT) conducted several tests on Live Oak, a wood species that gave the USS Constitution the nickname "Old Ironsides". In these tests, which were filmed by the production company Blink Films UK, he compared bending properties of Live Oak to White Oak, a common shipbuilding material at the time. A second series of tests of these materials under impact loading yielded good results but was not chosen to be part of the documentary. While originally produced for the Smithsonian Channel, the episode has in the meantime been shown in many international markets. For example, the image below shows a still taken from German news television station n-tv. For more on the episode, visit the Smithsonian Channel's website....
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Peggi Clouston to speak at MIT conference

Presenting her recent research developments on wood-concrete composites and computational modeling, Peggi Clouston will be part of an international roster of renowned scientists and engineers speaking at MIT's Spring Conference on Wood in the 21st Century: Design and Preservation of Contemporary and Historic Architecture. See the list of topics and speaker line-up for the intensive two-day conference/training program: WOOD IN THE 21st CENTURY: Design and Preservation of Contemporary & Historic Architecture Saturday, March 24 – Sunday, March 25, 2012  ...
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Talk on 8/3/2011: “Sustainable Wood Construction Practices in Austria”

Join BCT for a presentation this Wednesday by Anton (Toni) Kraler. He is a visiting scholar and Architect from the University of Innsbruck, Austria with a background in Passive House design and acoustics engineering. He has also done a lot of interesting work with wood. He'll be speaking on building physics and wood construction. Who: Anton (Toni) Kraler, Asst.Prof., DI Dr. techn. Timber Engineering Unit - Institute for Structural Engineering and Materials Science University of Innsbruck - Department of Civil Engineering Sciences Title of Talk: Sustainable Wood Construction Practices in Austria Where: Holdsworth Hall, Room 105 When: 10-11am, Wednesday, August 3, 2011...
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UMass Conference Proceedings on Prefabricated Architecture Available

The proceedings for the 2008 Wood Structures Symposium and Northeast ACSA Conference "Without a Hitch: New Directions in Prefabricated Architecture" are available on the web. You can access and download individual papers on the UMass ScholarWorks site: Scholarworks - 2008 Wood Structures Symposium Or, if you would like to download or print the entire book, you may do so through the Lulu publishing website: Lulu - Without a Hitch Procedings...
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Design and Construction of a Timber Bridge (National Timber Bridge Design Competition)

Design and Construction of a Timber Bridge (National Timber Bridge Design Competition)

Students: Charles Bado, Kevin Donahue, Ted Forgit, Tom Krajewski, Anna Novey, Matt Peterson, Chris Phelps Faculty Sponsor: Peggi Clouston, BMATWT, NRC Project Type: Independent Study Year: 2003 Introduction: The purpose of this project was to conceptually design, construct and non-destructively test a full-size pedestrian timber bridge. The guidelines for construction are those set out by the National Timber Bridge Design Competition which is an annual event sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Forest Products Service. The competition is open to universities across the US and Canada for student chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) as well as the Forest Products Society (FPS). Aim of Project: The aim of the project was to construct a fully functional bridge (treated to AWPA standards for "above ground use") which has: Minimal overall bridge deflection Minimal deck deflection Minimal weight A maximum of 25% non-wood content by weight The bridge was designed and built with the intent that it would be used in a local trail or...
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