A Review Of Creep In Wood: Concepts Relevant To Develop Long-Term Behavior Predictions For Wood Structures

Siegfried M. Holzer, Joseph R. Loferski, David A. Dillard


A review is presented of the effects of constant and transient moisture and temperature conditions on the time-dependent behavior of wood as a material and as a structural element. A rational approach towards the identification of long-term behavior of wooden structures is proposed. Utilizing the fact that wood is a combination of several polymers, polymer viscoelasticity concepts are suggested to enhance the predictive capabilities. A finite element procedure is outlined to indicate how design predictions can be made. Some attention is given to structures such as domes where creep of the wood could lead to structural instabilities.


Creep;creep models;time-dependent modeling;creep buckling;finite element;long-term predictions

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