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The Challenge of Strength Grading UK Hardwoods

Cramer, Marlene



Recent research in Europe is bringing a wider range of wood species to the construction market as structural timber and glue laminated products. This option would also open markets for currently underused UK species, foremost hardwoods, but testing efforts when developing strength grading assignments for any minor UK species are prohibitive, as the resource is small and scattered. Grading approaches that require less material for destructive testing could be employed to open routes to market for structural hardwood products. In addition, the European hardwood research has revealed some gaps and uncertainties in grading standards. In particular, data are lacking to support adjustment equations for size, moisture content, and testing arrangement for hardwoods. This paper outlines a new PhD project that will focus on these problems and aims to develop an easier route for strength grading hardwoods.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (published)
Conference Name ICWSE 2023
Acceptance Date Nov 1, 2023
Online Publication Date Dec 21, 2023
Deposit Date Feb 20, 2024
Print ISSN 2065-2135
Electronic ISSN 2971-9372
Publisher Transilvania University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16(65)
Issue 3
Pages 39-52
Keywords small clear testing, full-size testing, mechanical properties, EN 384, minor species
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