A basic understanding of the mechanical properties of wood is essential when utilizing this raw material for construction purposes. There are many different species of wood, each having their own specific characteristics. This course is intended to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of the different properties of wood along with an understanding of how natural defects and manufacturing environments can affect the performance of wood.
In this course, the student will review Chapter 4, Mechanical Properties of Wood from General Technical Report FPL-GTR-113, “Wood Handbook – Wood as an Engineering Material” published by the Forest Products Laboratory, USDA Forest Service (issued March 1999).
The student must take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty (30) questions at the end of this course to earn PDH credits.
Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Elastic properties of wood
- Strength properties of wood
- Vibration properties of wood
- Natural characteristics affecting mechanical properties of wood
- Effects of manufacturing and service environments
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