Samuel V. Glass
Research Physical Scientist
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
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Wood structures can endure for centuries if they remain sufficiently dry. Many of the challenges of using wood as a structural material (such as mold growth, wood decay, corrosion of fasteners, and dimensional instability) arise from excessive moisture levels or large changes in moisture content.
Dr. Glass leads the Building Moisture and Durability Team within the Building and Fire Sciences Research Work Unit at the Forest Products Laboratory. His research focuses on the relationships between moisture, energy-efficiency, and durability in residential and non-residential wood-based buildings. Primary research objectives include
- Durability of energy-efficient buildings
- Building envelope performance
- Moisture management in buildings
- Heat, air, and moisture transfer
- Wood-moisture relations
- Hygrothermal properties of wood products
- Interior and exterior moisture loads
- Instrumentation for monitoring moisture levels in building assemblies
Dr. Glass conducted his doctoral research in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He investigated how surfactant films at the gas-liquid interface control gas uptake and evaporation of water. These studies contributed to understanding chemical reactions that occur in sulfuric acid droplets in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere, which affect ozone levels.
Why This Research is Important
The sustainability and health of America’s forests depend on sound conservation practices, including utilization. Efficient use of wood as a green building material is important for climate change mitigation because wood products store carbon for as long as the building exists. The longer the service life, the greater the benefit. Wood products require much less energy to process than other building materials such as steel or concrete, and use of wood produces less air pollution, solid wastes, and greenhouse gases. Efficient wood utilization also reduces the risk and impacts of wildfire, provides incentives for private landowners to maintain forest land, and provides a critical source of jobs in rural America. These benefits hinge on efficient and proper use of wood in construction, and moisture control is essential because of wood’s vulnerability to moisture problems. Moisture management is also critical because excessive dampness in buildings has been linked to negative health effects.
- University of Wisconsin-Madison, Physical Chemistry , 2005
- Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, Chemistry/Classical Civilization/Archaeology , 1998
- Research Physical Scientist, USDA Forest Products Laboratory
2005 - Current
- Research Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Chemistry
2001 - 2005
- Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Chemistry
1999 - 2001
- Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST), Member (2008 - Current)
- American Society Of Heating, Refrigerating And Air-Conditioning Engineers (Ashrae), Member (2005 - Current)
Research subcommittee chair and voting member, Technical Committee (TC) 4.4, Building Materials and Building Envelope Performance. Secretary and voting member, Standing Standard Project Committee (SSPC) 160, Criteria for Moisture-Control Design Analysis in Buildings. Voting member, TC 1.12, Moisture Management in Buildings.
Featured Publications & Products
- Glass, Samuel V.; Zelinka, Samuel L. 2010. Moisture Relations And Physical Properties Of Wood.
- Glass, Samuel V.; Wang, Jieying; Easley, Steve; Finch, Graham. 2013. Chapter 10: Enclosure--Building Enclosure Design For Cross-Laminated Timber Construction.
- Glass, Samuel V.; TenWolde, Anton; Zelinka, Samuel L. 2013. Hygrothermal Simulation: A Tool For Building Envelope Design Analysis.
- Zelinka, Samuel L.; Derome, Dominique; Glass, Samuel V. 2011. Combining Hygrothermal And Corrosion Models To Predict Corrosion Of Metal Fasteners Embedded In Wood.
- TenWolde, Anton; Glass, Samuel V. 2013. Moisture In Crawl Spaces.
- Glass, Samuel V.; TenWolde, Antoni. 2009. Review Of Moisture Balance Models For Residential Indoor Humidity.
- Boardman, C.R.; Glass, Samuel V. 2013. Investigating Wind-Driven Rain Intrusion In Walls With The Carwash.
- Zelinka, Samuel L.; Glass, Samuel V.; Stone, Donald S. 2008. A Percolation Model For Electrical Conduction In Wood With Implications For Wood-Water Relations.
- Jakes, Joseph E.; Plaza, Nayomi; Stone, Donald S.; Hunt, Christopher G.; Glass, Samuel V.; Zelinka, Samuel L. 2013. Mechanism Of Transport Through Wood Cell Wall Polymers.
- Zelinka, Samuel L.; Wiedenhoeft, Alex C.; Glass, Samuel V.; Ruffinatto, Flavio. 2015. Anatomically Informed Mesoscale Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy In Southern Pine And The Electric Field Distribution For Pin-Type Electric Moisture Metres.
- Boardman, C.R.; Glass, Samuel V. 2015. Basement Radon Entry And Stack Driven Moisture Infiltration Reduced By Active Soil Depressurization.
- Glass, Samuel; Kochkin, Vladimir; Drumheller, S.; Barta, Lance. 2015. Moisture Performance Of Energy-Efficient And Conventional Wood-Frame Wall Assemblies In A Mixed-Humid Climate.
- Boardman, CR; Glass, Samuel V. 2015. Moisture Transfer Through The Membrane Of A Cross-Flow Energy Recovery Ventilator: Measurement And Simple Data-Driven Modeling.
- Zelinka, Samuel L.; Quintana, José L. Colon; Glass, Samuel V.; Jakes, Joseph E.; Wiedenhoeft, Alex C. 2015. Subcellular Electrical Measurements As A Function Of Wood Moisture Content.
- Glass, Samuel V.; Zelinka, Samuel L.; Johnson, Jay A. 2014. Investigation Of Historic Equilibrium Moisture Content Data From The Forest Products Laboratory.
- Zelinka, Samuel L.; Glass, Samuel V.; Derome, Dominique. 2014. The Effect Of Moisture Content On The Corrosion Of Fasteners Embedded In Wood Subjected To Alkaline Copper Quaternary Treatment.
- Glass, Samuel V. 2013. Hygrothermal Anaylsis Of Wood-Frame Wall Assemblies In A Mixed-Humid Climate.
- Clausen, Carol A.; Glass, Samuel V. 2012. Build Green: Wood Can Last For Centuries.
- Zelinka, Samuel L.; Lambrecht, Michael J.; Glass, Samuel V.; Wiedenhoeft, Alex C.; Yelle, Daniel J. 2012. Examination Of Water Phase Transitions In Loblolly Pine And Cell Wall Components By Differential Scanning Calorimetry.
- Boardman, C.R.; Glass, Samuel V.; Carll, Charles G. 2011. Moisture Meter Calibrations For Untreated And Acq-Treated Southern Yellow Pine Lumber And Plywood.
- Glass, Samuel V. 2010. A Laboratory Facility For Research On Wind-Driven Rain Intrusion In Building Envelope Assemblies.
- Boardman, C. R.; Glass, Samuel V.; Carll, Charles G. 2010. Estimating Foundation Water Vapor Release Using A Simple Moisture Balance And Aim-2 : Case Study Of A Contemporary Wood-Frame House.
- Zelinka, Samuel L.; Derome, Dominique; Glass, Samuel V. 2010. From Laboratory Corrosion Tests To A Corrosion Lifetime For Wood Fasteners : Progress And Challenges.
- Glass, Samuel V.; Carll, Charles G.; Curole, Jay P.; Voitier, Matthew D. 2010. Moisture Performance Of Insulated, Raised, Wood-Frame Floors : A Study Of Twelve Houses In Southern Louisiana.
- Zelinka, Samuel L; Glass, Samuel V. 2010. Water Vapor Sorption Isotherms For Southern Pine Treated With Several Waterborne Preservatives.
- Glass, Samuel V.; Carll, Charles G. 2009. Moisture Meter Calibration For Untreated And Acq-Treated Southern Yellow Pine Plywood.
- Clausen, Carol A.; Glaeser, Jessie A.; Glass, Samuel V.; Carll, Charles. 2009. Occurrence Of Mold In A Two-Story Wood-Frame House Operated At Design Indoor Humidity Levels.
- Glass, Samuel V. 2007. Measurements Of Moisture Transport In Wood-Based Materials Under Isothermal And Nonisothermal Conditions.
- Glass, Samuel V.; TenWolde, Anton. 2007. Review Of In-Service Moisture And Temperature Conditions In Wood-Frame Buildings.
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