Society is constantly being pushed in a more sustainable direction, which has resulted in substantial advances in Engineered Wood Product (EWP) technologies in the construction industry. Engineered wood products have many benefits including a high strength to weight ratio, carbon sequestration as well as ease of construction as many EWP systems are prefabricated. The purpose of this research was to produce material data sets for future modelling of Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) to aid in a more robust numerical modelling effort of connection systems. The research was performed at small scale using a Cone calorimeter and LIFT apparatus and material focused. Additional to this testing, advanced instrumentation was utilised which considered imaging technology utilising narrow-spectrum illumination to selectively filter out the light from the flame in order to study the underlying charring mechanisms associated to flame spread. The technology was found to be promising. Preliminary conclusions show that external connections may perform better than internal connections with short term heating applications.

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Conference 15th International Conference and Exhibition on Fire and Materials 2017
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Otto, A. (Arlin), Gales, J, & Hadjisophocleous, G. (2017). Laminated veneer lumber plated connections in fire. In 15th International Conference and Exhibition on Fire and Materials 2017 (pp. 604–612).