Relationships Between Non-Destructive Measurements and Mechanical Properties of Tropical Hardwoods

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There are more than 1000 wood species worldwide available that have the potential to be used in structural applications. Many of these species are tropical hardwood species. In this paper, the mechanical and physical properties of a large number of tropical hardwoods are presented. They are investigated for relationships that are valid for all tropical hardwood species based on non-destructive measurable parameters. It is found that slope of grain and density can be used to describe the relationship between the mechanical properties of the entire dataset. However, slope of grain is difficult to identify and measure in practice. The dynamic modulus of elasticity in combination with density can be used as grading parameters on the basis of which a species can be assigned to multiple strength classes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWCTE 2018 - World Conference on Timber Engineering
PublisherWorld Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE)
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventWCTE 2018: 2018 World Conference on Timber Engineering - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 20 Aug 201823 Aug 2018


ConferenceWCTE 2018: 2018 World Conference on Timber Engineering
Abbreviated titleWCTE 2018
CountryKorea, Republic of
OtherWCTE is the world's premier forum for presenting and discussing the latest technical and architectural developments and innovations in wood or timber construction. WCTE is the most prestigious international event in timber engineering, engineered wood products and design of timber structures, which is held biennially in different parts of the world and attracts researchers, engineers and architects, code consultants and building officials, contractors and project managers, fabricators and suppliers from all continents. During WCTE 2018 the traditional focus on timber engineering and material science will be complemented by architecture related topics such as evaluation methods for green buildings and by an own platform for computer-based methods for modelling, parametric design, production, etc.
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  • Tropical hardwoods
  • slope of grain
  • density
  • dynamic modulus of elasticity


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