WIT Press


Epoxy Resins Used For The Repair Of Timber Structures: 203 The Problem Of Short- And Long-term Performance Evaluation

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/STR030201

Volume

66

Pages

8

Published

2003

Size

399.29 kb

Author(s)

H. Cruz & J. S. Machado

Abstract

Epoxy resins used for the repair of timber structures: The problem of short- and longterm performance evaluation H. Cruz & J. S. Machado Laboratdrio Nacional de Engenharia Civil, Portugal Abstract Epoxy-based adhesives are currently adopted for repair works on site, as they are suitable for jobs where the use of pressure is not possible and clean regular gluing edges are difficult to get. However, some factors have limited a wider use of structural adhesives, namely in historical timber structures. One reason is that a long service life has not yet been fully proven for synthetic adhesives since the natural ageing of actual glued joints is no older than sixty years and standard accelerated ageing tests are not yet available. Several research projects have been recently set aiming to gather a wider and systematic knowledge on the long-term performance of epoxy adhesives as well as the bonding durability under high service temperature or humidity, and the influence of variables like pre-ageing,

Keywords