Spatial variability in longitudinal elastic modulus of clear timber
Published on Jan 1, 2015
Different factors such as age, location of timber within the tree, structural imperfections, load history such as wind and snow etc. can affect the material properties of timber taken from the same species, and grown in the same geographical location and local growth conditions. Consequently, there is a high variability in the mechanical properties [1-2]. This variability is both spatial and random, and is sometimes referred to as ‘random spatial variability’ . Four groups of specimens of different lengths were prepared and their quasi-static behavior was experimentally investigated under tensile loading. In addition to the global displacement monitoring, the local deformations along the length of each specimen were measured. The effect of the mesostructure of the clear timber on the local elastic modulus was examined. The spatial variability of the elastic modulus was experimentally characterized. Also, Statistics concerning the elastic modulus for different lengths were derived and compared.