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Is wood a material?

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The seminar will critically examine the various ways in which the mechanical properties of wood have been understood. Much understanding of wood’s elastic and inelastic properties is based on models developed for homogeneous materials. But wood’s cellular and fibrous nature means that its mechanical properties depend on the size of the test specimen. A more complete understanding of wood’s mechanical properties must take account of it being in some sense intermediate between a material and a structure.

This talk is part of the Surfaces, Microstructure and Fracture Group series.

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