2.6 Wood

Properties of wood:

  • The properties of wood depend very much on the tree the wood came from and the growth conditions. Thus it is very difficult to make general statements.
  • High porosity
  • The ability to absorb and release water from/to the surroundings
  • Elasticity very dependent on the moisture content of the wood
  • Wood shrinks on being heated
  • Strength depends on the direction of the load to the wood structure. A distinction is made between axial, transverse, and tangential structures.