Assistant Professor and Associate Chair in Wood Building Design and Construction
Research Interests:

In general, my research aims to develop high-performance wood-based systems and structures, as well as related performance-based optimum design procedures for engineers to provide them with cost-effective safer buildings, also under extreme events. Specifically, my research vision focuses on integrating new engineered wood products, structural elements, and prefabricated hybrid composite systems into a coherent framework of innovative methods of design and construction for the next generation of buildings and sustainable urban development.

Research Interests

 

  • Naturally-inspired industrialized construction systems

  • Hybrid CLT-steel structures for mid- and high- rise buildings

  • Design of sustainable constructions

  • Seismic design and analysis of timber buildings

  • Experimental tests of timber connections

  • Displacement-based seismic methods for earthquake engineering


Research Areas

Timber Engineering
Structural Engineering
Earthquake Engineering

Awards

Postdoctoral fellowship (competitive), Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, Italy , 2013
Postdoctoral fellowship (competitive), Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, Italy , 2011
“Ito del Favero” award (first place), the “Italian National Association of Builders”, Italy , 2008
Doctoral fellowship (competitive), second place, Italian Ministry of Education, Italy , 2007
The best master’s thesis award, Bank of “Cassa Rurale di Primiero e Vanoi”, Italy , 2007

Current Courses

 

Selected Publications


Loss, C., S. Pacchioli, A. Polastri, D. Casagrande, L. Pozza and I. Smith (2018). Numerical study of alternative seismic-resisting systems for CLT buildings. Buildings 8(11): 162. DOI: 10.3390/buildings8110162. URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2075-5309/8/11/162
Loss, C., T. Tannert and S. Tesfamariam (2018). State-of-the-Art Review of Displacement-Based Seismic Design of Timber Buildings. Construction and Building Materials 191: 481-497. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.09.205. URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.09.205
Polastri, A., M. Izzi, L. Pozza, C. Loss and I. Smith (2018). Seismic analysis of hybrid buildings braced with CLT cores and additional CLT shear walls. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering: 1-20. DOI: 10.1007/s10518-018-0467-9. URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10518-018-0467-9
Connolly, T., C. Loss, A. Iqbal and T. Tannert (2018). Feasibility Study of Mass-Timber Cores for the UBC Tall Wood Building. Buildings 8(8): 98. DOI: 10.3390/buildings8080098. URL: http://www.mdpi.com/2075-5309/8/8/98
Loss, C., A. Hossain and T. Tannert (2018). Simple cross-laminated timber shear connections with spatially arranged screws. Journal of Engineering Structures 173: 340-356. DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2018.07.004. URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0141029618312446
Loss, C., S. Rossi and T. Tannert (2018). In-plane stiffness of hybrid steel-cross-laminated timber floor diaphragms. Journal of Structural Engineering 144(8): 04018128. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0002105. URL: https://ascelibrary.org/doi/10.1061/%28ASCE%29ST.1943-541X.0002105
Conelly, T., C. Loss, A. Iqbal and T. Tannert (2018). UBC Brock Commons alternative structural design with mass-timber cores. Proceedings of the 6th CSCE International Structural Specialty Conference, Fredericton, Canada, June 13th – 16th
Moudgil, M., T. Conelly, C. Loss, A. Iqbal and T. Tannert (2018). Feasibility study of cross-laminated timber cores for the UBC Brock Commons Tallwood House. Proceedings of the 40th IABSE Symposium Nantes 2018 – Tomorrow’s Megastructures, Nantes, France, September 19th – 21st
Loss, C., and T. Tannert (2018). Hybrid CLT-based advanced modular construction systems for prefabricated buildings. Proceedings of the 40th IABSE Symposium Nantes 2018 – Tomorrow’s Megastructures, Nantes, France, September 19th – 21st
Loss, C., F. Gobbi and T. Tannert (2018). Diaphragmatic behaviour of hybrid cross-laminated timber steel floors. Proceedings of the 15th World Conference on Timber Engineering (15WCTE), Seoul, Republic of Korea, August 22nd – 23rd
Moudgil, M., T. Conelly, C. Loss, A. Iqbal and T. Tannert (2018). Feasibility of cross-laminated timber cores for the UBC tall wood building Proceedings of the 15th World Conference on Timber Engineering (15WCTE), Seoul, Republic of Korea, August 22nd – 23rd
Fini, G., L. Pozza, C. Loss and T. Tannert (2017). Design of a “mass-timber” building with different seismic bracing technologies. Proceedings of the “XVII Convegno Nazionale: L’Ingegneria Sismica in Italia (ANIDIS 2017)”, Pistoia, Italy, September 17th – 21st
Loss, C. and A. Frangi (2017). Experimental investigation on in-plane stiffness and strength of innovative steel-timber hybrid floor diaphragms. Journal of Engineering Structures 138: 229-244. DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2017.02.032. URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0141029616310033
Loss, C. and B. Davison (2017). Innovative composite steel-timber floors with prefabricated modular components. Journal of Engineering Structures 132: 695-713. DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2016.11.062. URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0141029616314080 (one of the most downloaded articles from Engineering Structures, last access in July 2017)
Loss, C., M. Piazza and R. Zandonini (2016). Connections for steel-timber hybrid prefabricated buildings. Part II: Innovative modular structures. Construction and Building Materials 122: 796-808. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2015.12.001. URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0950061815306747
Loss, C., M. Piazza and R. Zandonini (2016). Connections for steel-timber hybrid prefabricated buildings. Part I: Experimental tests. Construction and Building Materials 122: 781-795. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2015.12.002. URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0950061815306759
Polastri, A., L. Pozza, C. Loss and I. Smith (2016). Structural characterization of multi-storey CLT buildings braced with cores and additional shear walls. New Zealand timber design journal 24 (2):11–20
Loss, C., L. Baldessari and M. Piazza (2016). Experimental investigation on the diaphragm behaviour of steel-timber hybrid floors with a composite CLT slab (in Italian). STRUCTURAL (L’Edilizia) 208 (28): 1-22. ISSN 2282-3794. DOI: 10.12917/Stru208.28
Loss, C., M. Piazza and R. Zandonini (2016). Experimental characterization of timber-timber and steel-timber connections (in Italian). In “Live to Live” Project: Research report No 1. University of Trento, Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering. http://www.dicam.unitn.it/en/293/live-to-live
Loss, C., M. Piazza and R. Zandonini (2016). Bending tests on steel-timber floor composite elements (in Italian). In “Live to Live” Project: Research report No 2. University of Trento, Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering. http://www.dicam.unitn.it/en/293/live-to-live
Loss, C., M. Piazza and R. Zandonini (2016). Loading tests on a full-scale prototype of steel-timber hybrid floor (in Italian). In “Live to Live” Project: Research report No 3. University of Trento, Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering. http://www.dicam.unitn.it/en/293/live-to-live
Loss, C., M. Piazza and R. Zandonini (2016). Hybrid wood-based structural systems for multi-storey buildings. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Structures and Architecture, Guimarães, Portugal, July 27th – 29th
Polastri, A., L. Pozza, C. Loss and I. Smith (2016). Numerical analyses of high- and medium-rise CLT buildings braced with cores and additional shear wall. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Structures and Architecture, Guimarães, Portugal, July 27th – 29th
Polastri, A., C. Loss, L. Pozza and I. Smith (2016). CLT buildings braced with cores and additional shear walls. Proceedings of the 14th World Conference on Timber Engineering (14WCTE), Vienna, Austria, August 22nd – 25th
Casagrande, D., A. Polastri, T. Sartori, C. Loss and M. Chiodeg (2016). Experimental tests for mechanical characterization of timber buildings connections. Proceedings of the 14th World Conference on Timber Engineering (14WCTE), Vienna, Austria, August 22nd – 25th
Polastri, A., L. Pozza, C. Loss and I. Smith (2015). Structural characterization of multi-storey CLT buildings braced with cores and additional shear walls. Proceedings of the 2nd International Network on Timber Engineering Research (INTER) meeting, Šibenik, Croatia, August 24th – 27th
Loss, C., M. Piazza and R. Zandonini (2015). Innovative construction system for sustainable buildings. Proceedings of the IABSE Geneva Conference 2015. Structural Engineering – Providing Solutions to Global Challenges, Geneva, Switzerland, September 23th – 25th
Loss, C., M. Piazza and R. Zandonini (2015). Seismic-resistant structure with composite steel-timber floor for social housing (in Italian). Proceedings of the “XXV Giornate italiane della costruzione in acciaio (CTA2015)”, Salerno, Italy, October 1st – 3rd
Loss, C., L. Farinati, A. Chesani, M. Piazza and R. Zandonini (2015). Ultra-light and prefabricated composite steel-timber floors. Numerical-experimental research on the bending behaviour (in Italian). STRUCTURAL (L’Edilizia) 199 (26): 1-14. ISSN 2282-3794. DOI: 10.12917/Stru199.26.
Piazza, M., P. Zanon and C. Loss (2015). Timber structures. In The state of Earthquake Engineering Research in Italy: the ReLUIS-DPC 2010-2013 Project, edited by G. Manfredi and M. Dolce, 143-172. Doppiavoce
Loss, C., M. Piazza and R. Zandonini (2014). Hybrid steel-timber construction systems for social housing buildings. Paper presented at the “Hybrid2014” Workshop on Exploring the Potential of Hybrid Structures for Sustainable Construction, Freiburg, Switzerland, June 22th – 24th
Loss, C., M. Piazza and R. Zandonini (2014). Experimental Tests of Cross-Laminated Timber Floors to be used in Timber-Steel Hybrid Structures. Proceedings of the 13th World Conference on Timber Engineering (13WCTE), Quebec City, Canada, August 10th – 14th
Loss, C., M. Piazza, D. Zonta and M. Soraruf (2013). Numerical simulation of the dynamic behaviour of platform frame timber buildings: calibration of a model with equivalent macro-elements (in Italian). Proceedings of the “XV Convegno Nazionale: L’Ingegneria Sismica in Italia (ANIDIS 2013)”, Padova, Italy, 30th June – 4th July
Loss, C., M. Piazza and D. Zonta (2013). Seismic design of timber structures with a displacement-based method. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference Structures and Architecture, Guimarães, Portugal, July 24th – 26th
Loss, C., M. Piazza and D. Zonta (2013). A new method to assess the seismic risk of existing wood frame buildings. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Structural Health Assessment of Timber Structures, Trento, Italy, September 4th – 6th
Loss, C., M. Luchetti, M. Piazza and M. Andreolli (2013). Guidelines for the design and the construction supervision of timber buildings in seismic areas (in Italian). Milano: Assolegno-FederlegnoArredo (MADEexpo 2013)
Loss, C., M. Piazza and D. Zonta (2013). Timber structures. In Development in the Field of Displacement-Based Seismic Assessment, edited by T.J. Sullivan and G.M. Calvi, 295-338. IUSS Press
Loss, C., D. Zonta and M. Piazza (2013). On estimating the seismic displacement capacity of timber portal-frames. Journal of Earthquake Engineering 17 (6): 879-901. DOI: 10.1080/13632469.2013.779333. URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13632469.2013.779333#.U8Pqyfl_sYk
Zanon, P., M. Piazza, D. Zonta and C. Loss (2012). Timber structures. In A Model Code for the Displacement-Based Seismic Design of Structures, DBD12, edited by T. J. Sullivan, M.J.N. Priestley, and G.M. Calvi. IUSS Press. URL: http://www.iusspress.it/pc/home.asp?language=english
Loss, C., M. Piazza and D. Zonta (2012). Analytical model to evaluate the equivalent viscous damping of timber structures with dowel-type fastener connections. Proceedings of the 12th World Conference on Timber Engineering (12WCTE), Auckland, New Zealand, July 16th – 19th
Loss, C., M. Piazza and D. Zonta (2012). A direct displacement-based seismic design procedure for timber structures with dowel-type fastener connections. Proceedings of the 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (15WCEE), Lisbon, Portugal, September 24th – 28th
Loss, C. (2011). Displacement-based seismic design of timber structures (in Italian). STRUCTURAL (L’Edilizia) 169: 58–71. URL: http://www.structuralweb.it/cms/it4-magazine.asp
Zanon, P. and C. Loss (2011). Timber structures and the state of Italian standard (in Italian). STRUCTURAL (L’Edilizia) 169:22–25. URL: http://www.structuralweb.it/cms/it4-magazine.asp
Loss, C. (2011). Displacement-based design of Platform Frame multi-storey residential timber buildings (Platform Frame) (in Italian). Progettazione Sismica 1: 49-64. ISSN:1973–7432. URL: http://www.progettazionesismica.it/ojs/index.php/ps/article/view/795
Zonta, D., C. Loss, M. Piazza and P. Zanon (2011). Direct Displacement-Based Design of glulam timber frame buildings. Journal of Earthquake Engineering 15: 491-510. DOI: 10.1080/13632469.2010.495184. URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13632469.2010.495184#.U8PrgPl_sYk
Zanon, P., M. Piazza, D. Zonta and C. Loss (2009). Timber structures. Doppiavoce In The state of Earthquake Engineering Research in Italy: the ReLUIS-DPC 2005-2008 Project, edited by G. Manfredi and M. Dolce, 155-157. URL: http://www.reluis.it/CD/ReLUIS-DPC/ReLUIS-DPC.htm
Zanon, P., M. Piazza, D. Zonta and C. Loss (2009). Timber structures. In A Model Code for the Displacement-Based Seismic Design of Structures, DBD09, edited by G.M. Calvi and T.J. Sullivan, 17-20. IUSS Press. URL: http://www.iusspress.it/pc/home.asp?language=english
Loss, C. (2009). DDBD for wood frame structures (in Italian). Trentino Industriale (special edition for 50th anniversary, Year 50) 1-2: 77-80
Loss, C., M. Piazza, D. Zonta and P. Zanon (2009). Direct Displacement-Based Design (DDBD) applied to glulam structures: design displacement calibration (in Italian). Proceedings of the “XIII Convegno Nazionale: L’Ingegneria Sismica in Italia (ANIDIS 2009)”, Bologna, Italy, 28th June – 2th July
Zonta, D., M. Piazza, P. Zanon, C. Loss and T. Sartori (2008). Direct displacement-based design of glulam timber frame buildings. Proceedings of the 14th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (14WCEE), Beijing, China, October 12th – 17th