Mechanical Properties of Poplar Laminated Veneer Lumber Modified by Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer

Peixing Wei, Brad Jianhe Wang, Dingguo Zhou, Chunping Dai, Quanzhong Wang, Siwei Huang


Poplar (Populus euramericana cv.) is one of the most important fast-growing tree species in China, but so far its utilization has been limited to nonstructural wood-based panels. The objective of this work was to develop a good understanding of how to improve the mechanical properties of poplar laminated veneer lumber (LVL) with carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP). A theoretical model was successfully developed to predict the bending modulus of elasticity (MOE) of LVL reinforced by CFRP. To validate the model, two different configurations of LVL were made in the laboratory: LVL reinforced with a single layer of CFRP on one side (LVL-SR) and LVL reinforced with a single layer of CFRP on each side (LVL-DR). It was found that the model prediction of the LVL MOE agreed well with the experimental results. LVL reinforced with CFRP had a greater MOE and modulus of rupture (MOR) than the control LVL. The MOE of the LVL-SR and LVL-DR increased by 40% and 67%, respectively.


Laminated veneer lumber (LVL); Modulus of elasticity (MOE); Modulus of rupture (MOR); Carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP); Poplar; Configuration

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