The Timber-Concrete composite system may even save lives
In the event of an earthquake, the high ductility (extendibility / deformability) of the Timber-Concrete composite system may be a life-saving factor in some cases. Wherever significant seismic activity is encountered, it is definitely worth taking a serious look at an intelligent composite structure when refurbishing timber-beamed ceilings. Under serious stress, such a ceiling structure will also help to reduce peak loads and to the take-up of a large part of the kinetic energy to be absorbed. The high residual load carrying capacity in the event of a failure will provide for maximum protection of both the occupants and any rescuers.