Effect of Moisture Content and Temperature on the Mechanical Properties of Wood: An Analysis of Immediate Effects

C. C. Gerhards


Mechanical properties of wood increase as moisture content decreases below fiber saturation point, at least down to about 5% MC, and as temperature decreases. This report summarizes the relevant studies reported in the literature on the immediate effects of moisture content and temperature on several mechanical properties of clear wood. Recommendations are made for future research.


Moisture content;temperature;mechanical properties of wood

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