BM TRADA which recently became part of Exova, the global materials testing, calibrating and advising business, is expecting that a packed programme of live demonstrations and a whistle-stop tour of some of the timber industry’s latest innovations will draw the crowds at this year’s Timber Expo show taking place at the NEC Birmingham between 6-8 October.
This year’s show will form part of ‘UK Construction Week’, which with 9 separate exhibitions and a predicted footfall of 55,000 will give BM TRADA the opportunity to showcase its timber expertise to a broad-based audience from its expanded 100 square metre ‘Live-Zone’.
Taking centre stage on the stand will be a fully functioning timber strength testing demonstration model which will test the strength of various samples of timber – including those containing knots, slope of grain and even holes.
The original scaled-down model proved a big hit when it was unveiled for the first time at Ecobuild and BM TRADA is equally confident that visitors to its stand at Timber Expo will be impressed by the new model, which also helps to demonstrate failure modes of timber beams based on different types of timber defects.
Similar to its full-size cousin located at BM TRADA’s High Wycombe testing facility, the model will demonstrate how beams behave when subjected to a gradually increasing load. Upon failure, the structural performance can be ascertained and the failure results analysed.
As well as the strength testing model, visitors to the stand will be able to learn about BM TRADA’s wider range of timber related services, from timber frame inspection, and timber condition and structural surveys to fire and security testing of timber doors and windows.
BM TRADA’s technical experts will demonstrate in dramatic fashion elements of the PAS 24 test on an enhanced security timber window, as well as the difference in performance between two seemingly identical timber fire doors in a 30 minute video of a fire test being presented in the Toolbox talks theatre at 3.00 each day.
They’ll also be able to discover the intricacies of timber-frame construction with another model, this one a scaled down version of a timber-frame house, with cut away sections showing important detailing, including cladding and insulation.
Visitors will also be able to observe the process of timber species identification, with a member of BM TRADA’s technical team undertaking examinations of different species and demonstrating the methods employed to verify the wood species in a product. In addition, they will get an insight into the intricacies of timber strength grading - and the difference in approach between softwood and hardwood.
Each activity will last around 20 minutes, with additional time set aside afterwards for questions. There is no need to book – delegates just turn up five minutes before the start of each session.
Alongside the programme of demonstrations, BM TRADA will also be hosting an innovation zone on its stand. This zone will present a range of new and innovative products to the industry and will comprise 30-minute presentations delivered by the winners and shortlisted entries for this year’s TTJ Timber Innovation Award, supported by Timber Expo and TRADA.
Visit BM TRADA’s stand T3/760