What is Camber?
To 'camber' means to slightly curve or bend. The word camber is typically used in describing a type of arch, truss or beam. Camber adds extra structural support to a wide span or space and is used in long spans with the purpose of counteracting deflection due to load. Camber is used in bridge construction as well as buildings and decks because calculations can be made to offset particularly heavy loads of weight, thereby dictating the actual upward curve or camber to be used.
Hyne Timber Glulam products with a “C” postfix (i.e. Beam 21C), designates a vertical camber radius of 600m.
An “S” postfix designates a straight beam profile. The alignment tolerance of both straight and cambered beams shall be no more than 1mm per metre of beam length.
Cambered beams are generally supplied with a marking stamped on the top edge of the beam. Unless specifically requested (such as for large cantilevers), cambered beams should not be installed with the camber arch facing downwards.