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RE: CURVED/RADIUS Wood Beams
- To: "'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
- Subject: RE: CURVED/RADIUS Wood Beams
- From: "George Richards P.E." <george(--nospam--at)borm.com>
- Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 09:01:14 -0700
Standard Structures, George
I have the need to design several
curved wood beams for a project. They are radiused in plan (not arched). From
looking at several spiral wood stairs over the years, I have come to
understand that these are usually made with thin plywood laminations, bent,
glued, and screwed to form the helix.
The beams on my project are not
helixed, just radiused (curved in plan, flat in elevation) so I'm wondering if
this is still the way to go. Can glulams be specified with the curve in the
weak axis? Any references, books, or other info that could be shared would be
appreciated. I am hoping to get information on lam thicknesses, type of
adhesives and fasteners, joints in lams, and species available and suitable