Mechanical characterization of old chestnut beams


Branco, Jorge M.; Peixoto, Tiago; Lourenço, Paulo B.; Medeiros, Pedro Martinho Botelho

Visual inspection; NDT evaluation; Chestnut beams; Pilodyn; Resistograph; Evaluation; Timber; Meso-specimens; MoE; MoR

The main objective of this work is to evaluate, by non-destructive techniques, seven old Chestnut beams. For that, after the geometric assessment and the detailed visual inspection that allowed to strength grade the beams, a series of non-destructive tests was setup. In a first step, non-destructive bending tests, under the elastic limit, were performed to quantify the modulus of elasticity in bending (MoE) of the seven beams. Then, Resistograph® and Pilodyn® tests were done to assess the superficial decay and to have aclearer idea of the voids dimensions. Then, two beams were tested in bending until failure to evaluate the bending strength. In a second step, end parts were cut from the beams, one per end of the beams, to perform Resistograph®, Pilodyn® and ultrasound tests, to quantify the density of the beams and to extract meso-specimens to be used in tension parallel to the grain tests