FWPA Building Innovations

ABUILD Flitches

ABUILD™ Flitches* provide a means of reinforcing timber to increase the span of timber beams. Abuild comprises of a 50 mm x 50 mm x 2.4 mm thick or 3.8 mm or 6.0mm thick steel angles, spot welded on to a standard toothed nail plate extending most or all of the length of the angle. Self install models using “grasshopper teeth” driven in with a hammer on site or pressed in the factory are both available. The steel angles are attached to the top and bottom of a timber beam which substantially boost the flexural strength as well as reducing deflection. The main difference from many previous efforts is that a substantial amount of steel is added to the top and bottom flanges where it is most effective.

Benefits

A solution which is probably best suited to cost effectively modifying existing structures e.g. the general approach is a relatively common way to rectify a sagging beam.

Limitations

Structural limitations - shear connection through the nail plate may be an issue in the do-it-yourself version of installation; connection to the steel upper surface is not as easy as timber.

Comments

Some potential for uptake in Australia for specific applications such as in high wind areas.

Website

www.abuild.co.nz

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