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Clouston, Peggi L.

Associate Professor

Building and Construction Technology

R: 316 Design Building
T: 413-545-1884

Links: clouston_CV

Primary Interests

Dr. Clouston teaches courses in structural wood design, material mechanics and bio-based composites to students of architecture, engineering and construction technology. Her research focuses on modeling and characterizing the probabilistic mechanical behavior of structural bio-based composite materials as well as innovative wood products and systems.  Research topics include: modeling of Structural Composite Lumber, mechanical behavior of bio-based composites (wood, laminated veneer bamboo, straw bale wall construction) and wood-concrete composite systems.

Dr. Clouston is a registered professional engineer (APEGBC) and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She serves on numerous national review panels and committees and is founder of the UMass Professional Masters Option in Green Building (now part of the Environmental Conservation graduate program) as well as the UMass Wood Structures Symposium.

Current Projects

  • Bio-based Composites for Offshore Wind Turbine Blades
  • Cross Laminated Timber Panels from Low-value Northeastern Woods
  • Computational Modeling of Mechanical Properties of Structural Composite Lumber
  • Mechanical Properties and Air Tightness of Strawbale Construction
  • Low‐Value Local MA Wood in Hybrid Bamboo Reinforced Glulam
  • Mill Renovation using Wood-Concrete Composites
  • The Effect of Grain Angle on Dowel Bearing Strength of Laminated Veneer Bamboo

Courses Taught

  • ARCH-DES 650 – Tectonics II
  • BCT 397B – Design and Construction of a Timber Bridge
  • BCT 530 – Mechanics of Building Materials for Construction
  • BCT 540 – Design of Wood Structures
  • BCT 597F – Wood Design Studio/Bio-based Building

Selected Recent Publications (since 2005)

Brojan L., Weil B., Clouston PL. 2015. “Air Tightness of Straw Bale Construction.” Journal of Green Building, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 99-113

Amini A., Arwade SR., Clouston PL, Rattanaserikiat S. 2014. “Characterization and Probabilistic Modeling of the Mesostructure of Parallel Strand Lumber” ASCE – Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)MT.19435533.0001116

Brojan, L., Clouston, PL. 2014. “Effect of Plaster Type and Loading Orientation on Compression Behavior of Straw Bales for Construction”. Journal of Engineering & Applied Sciences,9(9)

Disén, K. and Clouston P. 2014. “Building with Bamboo: a Review of Culm Connection Technology.” Journal of Green Building, 8(4), 83-93

Yang Z, Clouston P, and Arwade S R. 2014. “Torsional Shear Strength and Size Effect in Laminated Veneer Lumber,” Advances in Civil Engineering Materials, Vol.3, No. 1, pp. 1–11

Clouston P and Quaglia C. 2013. “Experimental Evaluation of Epoxy based Wood-Concrete Composite Floor Systems for Mill Building Renovations.” International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Vol. 3, pp.63-74, ISSN: 2154-8587

Yang Z, Clouston P, Schreyer A. 2013. “Torsional Shear Tests on Laminated Veneer Lumber using a Universal-type Test Machine” ASCE, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Vol. 25, Iss. 12, pp. 1979 – 1983

Clouston P, Schreyer A. 2012. “Experimental Evaluation of Connector Systems for Wood Concrete Composite Floor systems in Mill Building Renovations.” Common Ground: International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.131-144.

Mahdavi M, Clouston P, Arwade S. 2012. “A Low-technology Approach toward Development of Laminated Bamboo Lumber”, Elsevier: Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 29, pp. 257–262

Mahdavi M, Clouston P, Arwade S. 2011. “Development of Laminated Bamboo Lumber: a review of processing, performance and economical considerations.” ASCE, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Vol. 23, No. 7, July 1, pp. 1036-1042

Arwade S, Clouston P, Krupka M. 2011. “Length Effects in the Orthogonal Directions of Structural Composite Lumber.” ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation, Vol. 39, Issue 4, July

Reed T, Clouston P, Hoque S, Fisette P. 2010. “An analysis of LEED and BREEAM assessment methods for educational institutions.” Journal of Green Building, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 1-23

Arwade S, Winans R, Clouston P. 2010. “Variability of the compression strength of parallel strand lumber.” Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Vol. 136, No. 4, April 1, pp. 405-412

Arwade S, Clouston P, Winans R. 2009. “Measurement and stochastic computational modeling of the elastic properties of parallel strand lumber.” Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Vol. 135, No.9, 2009, p. 897-905

Clouston P, Schreyer A. 2008. “Design and Use of Wood-Concrete Composites”. ASCE Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, 13(4), pp. 167-175

Clouston P. 2007. “Characterization and Strength Modeling of Parallel Strand Lumber”. Journal Holzforschung, Vol. 61, pp. 394-399

Damery D, Clouston P, Fisette P. 2007 “Wood science education in a changing world: A case study of the UMASS-Amherst building materials & wood technology program, 1965-2005”. Forest Products Journal. 57(5) pp. 19-24

Clouston P and Schreyer A. 2006.” Wood Concrete Composites: A Structurally Efficient Material Option”. Civil Engineering Practice. Boston Society of Civil Engineers (BSCE) Section / American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Spring/Summer 2006, pp. 5-22

Clouston P, Bathon L, Schreyer A. 2005. “Shear and Bending Performance of a Novel Wood-Concrete Composite System”. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering. 131(9), pp.1404-1412

Ph.D. Thesis , “Computational Modeling of Strand-based Wood Composites”, Department of Wood Science, University of British Columbia , 2001

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