Video: Watch CLT Pass the Army’s Real-World Blast Test

Originally published by the following source: SBC MagazineJuly 9, 2018
by Sean Shields


Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) continues to capture the attention of the building engineering community.  A new testing guide for manufacturers of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in offsite buildings has been released. According to the guide author, “The guide is designed to help manufacturers launch new products into the market by detailing test requirements to understand the structural integrity and physical performance of both panels and the full composite system.”

CLT recently proved it is strong as it passed a series of live blast tests as part of full-scale scructures. Through a series of tests conducted at the Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, the WoodWorks Wood Products Council and U.S. Army are putting together guidelines for framing buildings with CLT. According to an article in The Architects Newspaper, “After exposing the structures to 32 pounds, 67 pounds, and 199 pounds of TNT (with 610 pounds used for the last test), KCI concluded that for blast exposure, CLT was equivalent to the standard steel-studded wall.”

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