Preliminary tests to evaluate the mechanical properties of young trees with small diameter

Bohumil Kasal 1 , 1 , Ilona Peszlen 2 , 2 , Perry Peralta 3 , 3 ,  and Laigeng Li 4 , 4
  • 1 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA
  • 2 Department of Wood and Paper Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
  • 3 Department of Wood and Paper Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
  • 4 Department of Forestry, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA

Abstract

This paper describes methods developed to test the mechanical properties of small-diameter (3–10 mm) 1-year-old trees. Special test fixtures and procedures were designed to accommodate the small diameter and uneven shape of these young trees. The modulus of elasticity and strength in tension parallel to the grain, compression parallel to the grain, and bending were measured.

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