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Centennial Edition, Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material

Snapshot : The Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material serves as a primary reference document for a wide variety of users-from the general public through architects and design engineers who use wood in highly engineered structures.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Richard BergmanZhiyong Cai
Charles CarllCarol Clausen
Mark DietenbergerRobert Falk
Charles FrihartSamuel Glass
Christopher HuntRebecca Ibach
David KretschmannStan Lebow
Douglas RammerRobert Ross
Nicole StarkJames Wacker
Xiping WangRobert White
Alex WiedenhoeftMichael Wiemann
Samuel Zelinka 
Research Station : Forest Products Laboratory (FPL)
Year : 2010
Highlight ID : 170

Summary

The Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material serves as a primary reference document for a wide variety of users-from the general public through architects and design engineers who use wood in highly engineered structures. It is the most widely used document produced by FPL-over 16,000 downloads of all or parts of it are secured weekly. This special Centennial Edition builds upon previous editions, with several important additions:

  • A chapter was added about the importance of wood as an environmentally responsible, sustainable material
  • Micrograph cross sections of hundreds of commercial wood species have been added;
  • Reference to the most recent research on the properties of the wood cell wall at the nanoscale has been included
  • Important updates on wood preservation practices have been included
  • To address the need to find uses for wood obtained from trees killed by invasive insect species, a chapter has been added on heat-treating and sterilization procedures for wood products.
The Centennial Edition Wood Handbook is available from FPL's website, and in CD and hardcopy formats.

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  • Resource Management and Use
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