FWPA Building Innovations

Expan Quick Connect

Timber sleeve and steel bolt connector capable of moment transfer capacity that allows easy fabrication of portal frame components offsite, then very fast and simple assembly onsite. Can be used for splices, column to beam, apex, and foundation connections. Application is not limited to portal frames and includes multiple generic heavy timber connections and connections to other materials such as steel columns.

Benefits

Does not require special eqipment in factory fabrication environemnt. Very simple connection onsite. Is competitive with steel moment connectors. Can open up new market opportunities for timber structural solutions. Easy to transport main column and beam components then join onsite.

Limitations

Joint aesthetics - may need archiectural detailing where exposed. Use of long screws - at least 200mm long. Need to set out screws in a way that avoids conflict with opposing side. Requires specialist screws which need to be put in at a 60 degree angle. Not really a site based option for the fabrication of the connection. Still very much and emerging technology - development is still in progress. Full marketing and commercialisation has yet to take place.

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Website

www.expan.co.nz

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