Materials and Structures

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 165–170 | Cite as

Structural restoration of wooden beams by means of epoxy resin

  • D. Van Gemert
  • M. Vanden Bosch


The structural restoration of deteriorated beam ends by means of epoxy mortar is discussed. The results of a test programme are presented: determination of bond strength as a function of the degree of humidity of the wood; anchoring strength of glass-fibre reinforced polyester bars and steel bars, glued in wood or in epoxy mortar. A comparison is made between the results of these elementary tests, and the behaviour of restored full-size beams. The phenomena leading to rupture of the structural element are described, in order to define the direction of future research.


Epoxy Bond Strength Cohesion Strength Longitudinal Crack Wooden Beam 
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© RILEM 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Van Gemert
    • 1
  • M. Vanden Bosch
    • 1
  1. 1.Reyntjens LaboratoryKath. Univ. LeuvenBelgium

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