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Research Developments in Wood Engineering and Technology


Author: Alfredo Aguilera and J. Paulo Davim

Publisher: IGI Global


Publish Date: September 30, 2013

ISBN-10: 1466645547

Pages: 410

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

The world’s most environmentally friendly material to support a wide range of human needs is wood, a renewable natural resource that provides food, clothing, housing, and is used in industries such as pharmaceuticals, aerospace, automotive, etc.

Wood, as an engineering material, requires constant updating of the research knowledge in order to provide accurate responses to industrial processing problems. A wide scope of research is open all along the production chain, starting with raw materials, processing methods, and production means, and covering end users who demand high quality final products, and the industry, which requires low production costs. Research Developments in Wood Engineering and Technology is a book oriented towards engineering wood products and processing technologies, where, for different final products’ sizes and uses, a specific process is necessary that needs a certain degree of optimization, new materials, adhesives, tools, and design techniques in order to generate. This book will innovate the way in which this material can be used and will provide solutions that optimize the available resources.

In this context, wood material has acquired great importance due to the short supply of wood and increasing environmental awareness among users and manufacturers. Subsequently, wood material has the advantage that it can be used efficiently in engineering applications. For that reason, a compiled book referencing the latest advances in wood material as an engineering product can be very useful when the innovation needs of environmentally friendly materials like wood are always present.

The aim of this book is to provide to readers a broad range of the latest research advances and technological developments in the field of wood engineering and technology, to illustrate the state-of-the-art research developments for engineering wood products of solid wood or wood based products, to cover from general concepts through in-depth novelties for this twenty-first century material, and to discuss its processing techniques, engineering capacities, process control measures, quality, and perspectives. This book may be used as a textbook for undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and practitioners, serving also as a support and reference guide to all those interested in the field of wood engineering and technology.

The main topics covered in the chapters are: wood-based composites: its history, classification, and markets; the wood and fiber panel technology: wood as a substrate, the types of panels, and production condition parameters when gluing; the non destructive testing of wood-based panels and its process control; adhesives, binders, and matrices for wood and fibers composites; the non-destructive evaluation of wood products with ultrasonic means; ultrasound glulam testing; image evaluation techniques for wood analysis; the lignocellulosic agricultural residue as raw material for panel production; and finally, the wood material processing problem from a tool wear point of view.

An overview on wood composites is presented in chapter 1 by Barbu et al., starting with generalities and history of the wood-based composites, its impressive range of engineering properties, technological developments, and new market and regulative requirements, including the classification of wood-based panels, and the wide range of possibilities of engineering materials made with wood-based composites.

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