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EUROCODE 5

Objective

- TO IDENTIFY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN GRADING SYSTEMS OF THE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND SYSTEMS IN THE COMMUNITY.

- TO ESTABLISH STANDARDISED PROCEDURES FOR SAMPLING, TESTING, COLLATING, ANALYSIS ON EUROPEAN TIMBERS TO OBTAIN CHARACTERISTIC VALUES.

WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE TIMBER DESIGN CODE EC 5, WHICH WILL HAVE AUTHORITY THROUGHOUT THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT CAN BE REACHED ON A STANDARDISED METHOD FOR DETERMINING CHARACTERISTIC STRENGTH VALUE FOR STRESS GRADED TIMBER.

DIFFERENT COUNTRIES HAVE DEVELOPED THEIR OWN GRADING SYSTEM WHICH SUIT THEIR SPECIES, MARKET CONDITIONS AND STRUCTURAL DEMANDS, AND IT IS UNLIKELY THET ONE GRADING SYSTEM WOULD FIND FAVOUR WITH ALL OF THEM.

THE AIMSHOULD THEREFORE BE TO ASSIGN THE VARIOUS GRADING SYSTEMS TO THE STRENGTH CLASSES, AND FOR THIS A STANDARDISED METHOD FOR DERIVING CHARACTERISTIC VALUES IS ESSENTIAL.

THE RESEARCH WORK IS DIVIDED IN:
- COMPARISON ABOUT NATIONAL AND EEC GRADING RULES BY TESTING 500 SAMPLES OF BOTH " STITKA SPRUCE " AND " NORWAY SPRUCE ".
- COLLECT DETAILED INFORMATION ON NATIONAL RULES FOR DERIVATION OF CHARACTERISTIC VALUES AND ESTABLISH STANDARD PROCEDURES.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

CENTRE TECHNIQUE DE L'INDUSTRIE DU BOIS
Address
830,Allee Hof Ter Vleest
1070 Bruxelles
Belgium

Participants (11)

Centre Technique du Bois et de l'Ameublement (CTBA)
France
Address
10 Avenue De Saint-mandé
75012 Paris
EOLAS
Ireland
Address

Dublin
I.N.I.A
Spain
Address

28080 Madrid
LABORATÓRIO NACIONAL DE ENGENHARIA CIVIL
Portugal
LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS UNIVERSITY OF MUNICH
Germany
Address
Geschwister-scholl-platz 1
80539 Muenchen
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE
Greece
Address

Athens
SWEDISH INSTITUTE FOR WOOD TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH
Sweden
Address

Stockolm
TNO
Netherlands
Address

Delft
Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA)
United Kingdom
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Italy
Address
Piazza San Marco 4
Firenze
UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK
Denmark
Address

Lyngby