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Timber Domes Brindisi

Enel’s Federico II (Brindisi South) coal fired plant has been extensively retrofitted. To reduce coal dust and to control fire hazard, a completely covered coal storage is provided. A particularly innovative feature is the use of geodesic storage domes, constructed of timber. The two geodesic domes are realized in laminated timber. Each dome has a diameter of about 143 m and a height of about 49 m, providing a storage capacity of 210 000 m3 of coal, equivalent to about 180 000 tons. In terms of diameter, these domes are the largest of their type in Europe. The geodesic configuration and choice of materials, mostly laminated timber, have been guided by considerations of lightness, stiffness and strength, but above all because timber needs less maintenance and because it provides greater resistance to fire at relatively low cost. In addition, they combine minimum use of materials with maximum speed of construction.
As structural engineer for the timber structure of both domes, Luging optimized the dome-de- sign and coordinated research on windpressure and stength of the connectors. Furthermore Lüning produced the detailled design of the timber structure.

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