Timber: Its Nature and Behaviour adopts a materials science approach to timber and comprehensively examines the relationship between the performance of timber and its structure. This book explains a wide range of timbers physical and mechanical behaviour (including processing) in terms of its basic structure and its complex interaction with moisture. The performance of timber and panel products is also related to the levels set in new European specifications and with the associated methods of testing.
1. Structure of Timber. 2. Appearance of Timber in Relation to its Structure. 3. Mass-Volume Relationships. 4. Movement in Timber. 5. Flow in Timber. 6. Deformation Under Load. 7. Strength and Failure in Timber. 8. Durability of Timber. 9. Processing of Timber. Further Reading. Index.