The TallWood Design Institute is the nation’s only research collaborative that focuses exclusively on the advancement of structural wood products. The Institute conducts the research needed for widespread adoption of mass timber building technology in the U.S. The Institute is a partnership between Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, bringing together the strengths of OSU's College of Forestry and College of Engineering, and the University of Oregon's College of Design.
Everyone knows that wood burns and steel does not. Yet recent advances in mass-timber structure technologies allow us to build wooden structures that pass very strict fire exposure tests. So much so that massive cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels are used in TallWood buildings. In order to make them safe, this project aims to learn even more about the way CLT reacts to fire exposure. Researchers analyze the advance of the char front and measure the residual adhesive bond strength in samples extracted from large-scale CLT wall and floor assemblies previously exposed to fire tests. As part of a friendly all-star research team, the selected intern may be involved in all stages of the project described above from measurement and testing to analysis and presentation, with the potential for independent projects to be explored. The intern will also document their work, participate in team meetings, report their progress and prepare a final presentation summarizing their accomplishments. The mentor's team is looking forward to engaging students that possess a passion for science, enthusiasm, an open mind, curiosity, and maturity along with the other prerequisites. Students proficient with spreadsheets and possessing a knack for aesthetics and design would be a plus. Programming skills are not required but may open some additional possibilities.
To learn more, visit http://tallwoodinstitute.org/.
To see the newest CLT building at OSU in progress, visit http://webcam.oregonstate.edu/fsc1 or http://webcam.oregonstate.edu/fsc2.