Wood engineering design
McLain, Thomas E. Department of Forest Products, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.
- Solid wood
- Mechanical properties
- Engineered wood composites
- Additional Readings
The process of creating products, components, and structural systems with wood and wood-based materials. Wood engineering design applies concepts of engineering in the design of systems and products that must carry loads and perform in a safe and serviceable fashion. Common examples include structural systems such as buildings or electric power transmission structures, components such as trusses or prefabricated stressed-skin panels, and products such as furniture or pallets and containers. The design process considers the shape, size, physical and mechanical properties of the materials, type and size of the connections, and the type of system response needed to resist both stationary and moving (dynamic) loads, and function satisfactorily in the end-use environment. See also: Engineering design; Structural design
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