FiRP Reinforced Glulam

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FiRP® Reinforced Glulam Industry Achievements

FiRP® Reinforced Glulam Advantages

  • The use of FiRP® Reinforcement greatly reduces the net cross section of a glulam beam.
  • Average reduction in wood fiber content is 42%.
  • The FiRP® Glulams use low grade wood, therefore reduce cost.
  • The FiRP® Glulam increases the member capacity - increased span and/or increased load rating.
  • The FiRP® Glulam reduces the beam size, therefore reduces cost and facilitates its delivery and installation on-site.

FiRP® Reinforced Glulam Reduced Variability

The reduced variability allows greater design values.

Advantages of FiRP® Reinforced glulam beams compared to LVL:

  • Lighter weight.
  • Treatable.
  • Equal to or greater design values.
  • Dimensionally stable.
  • Can be manufactured in larger widths.
  • Lower cost.
  • Nailable.

FiRP® Reinforced Glulam Production

The FiRP® Reinforced glulam beams are manufactured with the same equipment found in a facility for unreinforced glulam beams.
The production follows requirements developed by the building code officials.  A certification from a independent quality control agency is necessary (click twice on the buttons if necessary).

Design Information

The following design kits are available on-line.

FiRP® Design Spreadsheet (English Units)                     FiRP® Design Spreadsheet (SI Units)
 
These Excel spreadsheets were designed to provide maximum flexibility while designing a FiRP® Reinforced glulam beam.  The spreadsheets use PFC-6046 equations to determine the allowable moment, shear, and stiffness of any FiRP® Reinforced glulam cross-section.  A user guide covers the variables used with these equations.

Simple Span Beam Sizer

This Excel spreadsheet was developed to allow the user to determine the optimum beam size for a given uniform load and up to 5 point loads for all four FiRP® Reinforced glulam brand names (Titan, Hercules, Ultimate, and Ultimate Plus).  The spreadsheet can also match a desired depth for the given loading and includes multiple plies of Ultimate and Ultimate Plus.  Printable diagrams include individual moment, shear, and stiffness, as well as total moment, shear, and stiffness.  Current database includes Douglas Fir and Southern Yellow Pine species.

Span Tables
 
Span tables have been developed using the minimum design values for Titan, Hercules, Ultimate, and Ultimate Plus.

WoodWORKS® libraries have been developed for Titan, Hercules, Ultimate, and Ultimate Plus glulam beams in both Douglas Fir and Southern Yellow Pine.

In addition to these design tools, the following technical information brochures are available related to a specific FiRP® Reinforced glulam product:

  • Ultimate Technical Information (PDF format: 1,239kB).

This series of products are designed and manufactured according to PFC-5100.

The free FiRP® Design Sheet is designed to provide maximum flexibility while designing a FiRP® Reinforced glulam beam.  The spreadsheet uses PFC-5100 equations to determine the allowable moment, shear, and stiffness of any FiRP® Reinforced glulam cross-section.  A user guide covers the variables used with these equations.

Titan Series

The Titan series is designed to replace:

  • Solid sawn lumber.
  • Window headers.
  • Garage door headers.
  • Unexposed, low strength glulam.

The principal characteristics are:

  • Rough finish.
  • Square four sides.
  • Wane on interior glue lines.
  • Bundle or Individually wrapped.
  • Balanced and Unbalanced.
  • With or without bumper lamination.
  • Available species: Douglas Fir & Southern Yellow Pine. 
  • Future species: Spruce & Ponderosa Pine.

The Titan Series principal design values are:

 Fv = 240 psi
 Fb = 2,000 psi
 E = 1.7 x 106 psi

For comparison, the following design values of solid sawn lumber are used:

The Technical Information about the Titan Series is available in PDF format (1,185kB).

Hercules Series
The Hercules series is designed to replace conventional glulam for:

  • Headers.
  • Any glulam bending members.

The principal characteristics are:

  • Industrial or architectural finish.
  • Cambered up to 1,600 ft radius.
  • Bundle or Individually wrapped.
  • Balanced and Unbalanced.
  • With or without bumper lamination.
  • Available species: Douglas Fir & Southern Yellow Pine. 
  • Future species: Spruce & Ponderosa Pine.

The Hercules Series principal design values are:

 Fv = 270 psi
 Fb = 2,000 psi
 E = 1.8 x 106 psi

The Technical Information about the Hercules Series is available in PDF format (1,301kB).

Ultimate Series
The Ultimate series is designed to replace laminated veneer lumber (LVL) for:

  • Headers.
  • Any LVL bending members.

The principal characteristics are:

  • Industrial or architectural finish.
  • No camber.
  • Bundle or Individually wrapped.
  • Balanced and Unbalanced.
  • With or without bumper lamination.
  • No wax surfaces.
  • Available species: Douglas Fir & Southern Yellow Pine.
  • Future species: Spruce & Ponderosa Pine.

The Ultimate Series principal design values are:

 Fv = 290 psi
 Fb = 3,100 psi
 E = 2.0 x 106 psi

The Technical Information about the Ultimate Series is available in PDF format (1,239kB).

Ultimate Plus Series
The Ultimate Plus series is designed to replace premium engineered wood products for:

  • Headers.
  • Any high quality LVL or Parallam® bending members.

The principal characteristics are:

  • Industrial or architectural finish.
  • No camber.
  • Bundle or Individually wrapped.
  • Balanced and Unbalanced.
  • With or without bumper lamination.
  • No wax surfaces.
  • Available species: Douglas Fir & Southern Yellow Pine.
  • Future species: Spruce & Ponderosa Pine.

The Ultimate Plus Series principal design values are:

 Fv = 290 psi
 Fb = 3,200 psi
 E = 2.2 x 106 psi