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Blast Testing Opens the Door to Mass Timber for Military Applications

WoodWorks, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Lab and Softwood Lumber Board, conducted a series of successful blast tests on two-story, mass timber structures at Tyndall Air Force Base. Products tested include cross-laminated timber (CLT) and nail-laminated timber (NLT).

The success of this testing expands the options for wood building design. WoodWorks is working with Karagozian & Case, Inc., the Air Force Civil Engineer Center and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to analyze the results and develop design methods for use by blast engineers who want to include CLT and NLT on military projects and others that require blast resistance.

Phase 1 – Structural Testing

All structures remained intact and matched modeling predictions with acceptable levels of damage under significant explosive loading. Phase 1 Summary Report/ Press Release

Phase 2 – Loaded CLT Structures

All structures remained intact under significant explosive loading well beyond their design capacity. Press Release