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Reliability Assessment of the Nigerian Timber – An Environmental Sustainability Approach in the 21st Century

Alayande, T and Ede, A. N. and Aguwa, J. I. and Ofuyatan, Olatokunbo M. and Oyebisi, S.O and Oluwafemi, John (2019) Reliability Assessment of the Nigerian Timber – An Environmental Sustainability Approach in the 21st Century. In: International Conference on Engineering for Sustainable World, 2019, Online.

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An important component of environmental sustainability is how we can continue improving human welfare within the limits of the earth’s natural resources. With recent research showing that carbondioxide levels in the air are at their highest in 650,000 years and thus an alarming depletion of the ozone layer, the challenge currently facing many countries is how to respond to the issue of climate change. Steel, reinforced concrete and timber are the most commonly used structural materials worldwide. However, carbondioxide emissions from steel and cement production have been found to be the first and second largest sources of industrial C�� emissions worldwide and this has prompted the inclination towards timber as a structural material. Timber is decomposable or biodegradable as well as renewable and its production does not require the use of high energy fossil fuels as in the production of some other building materials such as steel or even brick. Nigeria is blessed with several timber species in different wood classes but despite the environmentally sustainable and obvious advantages of timber, it is being grossly underutilized as a structural material in Nigeria because there is limited information on the reliability of timber considering the wide property variability between and even within, timber species. This paper addresses the need for reliability analysis of various Nigerian timber species with a view to determining and establishing their structural strength to encourage the use of the Nigerian Timber as a structural material. The need to revise the Nigerian Code of Practice for the structural design of Timber is also emphasized in this paper

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nigerian Timber; reliability; structural material; environment.
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2020 14:20
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2020 14:20

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