Impact of mechano-sorptive creep to the long-term strength of timber

Alpo Ranta-Maunus

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An engineering method is presented for the analysis of creep deformation in wood due to changing moisture content. The method is applied to the analysis of stresses in timber during long-term loading. It is concluded that the larger variation of moisture content at the surface layer of timber makes its creep rate higher than in the middle of the cross-section. As a result, an increasing portion of the load will be carried by the inner part of the material during sustained loading. This uneven stress distribution may explain to a great extent why the strength of woo
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-71
JournalHolz als Roh- und Werkstoff
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1990
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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