Wood Properties

Wood as a building material has many advantages over other materials. Often it is both easier and less expensive to build in wood than in other materials, and the environmental benefits are many. In order to use wood properly - get the design or the architectural expression you are seeking, good resistance to moisture damage, good sound, good fire safety and more — requires, however, that you are familiar with the material's special features and conditions.

The wood density affects strength, shrinkage/swelling, hardness etc. The material is hygroscopic, which can take up and give off moisture. Moisture content of the wood affects greatly the mechanical properties. Strength is generally high in relation to the weight compared to other materials. The heat-insulating properties are relatively good, and the specific heat capacity is relatively high.

Describes the various properties. How to measure humidity and how good fastness and high degree of fire resistance may be treated and how various measures can prevent the kind of changes that can occur in wood and wood products.


 
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