Veneer strand flanged I-beam with MDF or particleboard as web material IV: Effect of web material types and flange density on the basic properties

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Abdalla, Ashraf Mohamed Ahmed
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University of Khartoum
The balance of strength between the flange and web parts of veneer strand flanged I-beam was investigated by the following methods: (1) use of different web material types, such as plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), particleboard (PB), and medium density fiberboard (MDF), that have different strength properties; and (2) fabrication of I-beams with low-density flanges using low-density strands with PB web material. Replacing PB or MDF with plywood showed slight significant improvement in the modulus of rupture but not in the modulus of elasticity of the entire I-beam. However, PB and MDF showed competent performance in comparison with OSB, thus strengthening the promising future of the use of PB or MDF as web material to fabricate I-beams. Hot-pressing conditions used for I-beam production exerted slightly adverse effects on the bending properties of PB, but not on MDF, OSB, and plywood web materials. The flange density of 0.60g/cm3 was considered to be the lower limit that provides I-beams with balanced mechanical properties and dimensional stability
I-beam · Web material · Flange density · Mechanical properties · Dimensional stability