Utilizing the Dimensional Change of Timber for the Joining of Timber Elements in Digital Design, Manufacturing and Assembly – a PhD Project by Max Salzberger

Transitioning to a circular, bio-based economy is essential for a sustainable future, and the building industry plays a crucial role in reduction resource consumption. Timber is a promising solution due to its low embodied energy, carbon storage capacity, recyclability, and potential for engineered wooden products (EWP).
Wooden architecture is gaining popularity due to its ecological benefits, prefabrication advantages, and expanded possibilities with EWP.
However, the use of non-bio based connectors and adhesives in timber structures and EWP production poses economic and environmental challenges, including toxic gas emissions and difficulties in recycling and reuse.

This research contributes to the integration of densified wood and its swelling behavior into the design and construction applications of timber structures. By providing insights and tools for developing alternative bio-based and sustainable connection methods, it supports the development of bio-based connectors and ultimately a transition towards a circular, biobased economy.

A PhD Project by Max Salzberger in cooperation with Prof. Marco Hemmerling / FH Köln – Germany.