Posi-Joisted Floor Vibration

Posi-Joisted floor contains metal webbed timber joists in a floor, it was developed by MiTek [information here] and is an efficient system as all the pipes and wires can run through the truss so there is no need to drill any hole on the timber joist. This system is often used in domestic floors and has good market share in the UK. To prepare for the coming change in Eurocode 5, Wen-Shao works with MiTek to investigate the floor vibration of Posi-Joist floor. We have built a full scale timber floor with dimension 4.8×4.8 metres and investigate the dynamic performance Read More …

Visit of Notting Hill Gate

Wen-Shao has worked with ElliottWood, an award winning engineering consultancy firm, on a project in the Notting Hill Gate which uses CLT floors in a steel framed structure. The structure needs to be extended vertically, and therefore timber becomes a good option due to its light weight. The timber’s suitability in this project can be evidenced by the text on their webpage …”To minimise load increases to the existing foundations and columns, the new storeys are to be constructed out of a lightweight steel frame with CLT panels – a construction benefiting from simplicity in detailing with exposed timber soffits; Read More …

NCTU workshop for CLTHE

National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) is one of the top universities in Taiwan, they have recently received £25M per annum from government to improve teaching and research. Wen-Shao works with President of NCTU, Prof. Frank Chang, to put a work package into the proposal to enhance teaching quality of academics. Having helped NCTU to communicate with HEA (formerly Higher Education Academy, now AdvanceHE), we have brought HEA into Taiwan. In the first year, Dr. Catherine Hack from HEA, runs programme of Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (CLTHE) in NCTU. The programme includes three workshops and focuses on Read More …

Workshop with HIT

Between 25 February to 3 March, Drs. Haibo Guo and Yu Dong, both are Associate Professor at Harbin Institute of Technology, China, took a group of nine students to visit Sheffield for a workshop organised by Dr. Guo, Dr. Yu Dong and Wen-Shao. The theme of the workshop is to employ one of the three designated structural system: (1) Grid shell; (2) Reciprocal frame; and (3) Tensegrity system, to develop a large span structure using timber as the construction material.  The students were split into two groups. The workshop involved lectures given by Dr. Chang, and site visit to the Read More …

Presentation in 2015 World Wood Day

Dr. Chang was invited to give a talk, titlted “Oriental and Occidental Traditional Carpentry Joints”, in a symposium as part of the activities of 2015 World Wood Day on 21st March in Eskisehir, Turkey. The talk gave an overview of the traditions of traditional carpentry joints from West and East, and explained similarity and difference between them based on the analyses from a project Dr. Chang led before.

Median coverage of our research project

University of Bath has opened a research facility, HIVE, in Swindon. This facility uses a plug-and-play concept and have nine cells that enable researchers to carry out different tests on construction materials. Our team was invited by the Director of research park (HIVE) to demonstrate our flood project in the opening event on 25th September 2014. In this event, we introduced our flood project to Prince Edwar, Earl of Wessex, who is also chancellor of University of Bath. Dr. Mike Lawrence, Mr. Alistair Bradley and myself were also interviewed by BBC and broadcasted in BBC South Today. Our research project Read More …

First INTER (International Network on Timber Engineering Research) Meeting in Bath

The INTER (International Network on Timber Engineering Research) was founded with its first meeting in Bath on 1-4 September 2014 with its precedent as CIB W18. It is now finished. About 60 eminent timber researchers from across the world attended this conference. More information on this group can be found [here]. Previous CIB W18 conference proceeding can be found on this [website]. The meeting starts with a two-day technical session with technical tour in the third day, followed by another technical session in fourth. Provisional papers and agenda can be found [here] (password protected), please notice that final proceeding will Read More …