Important Research Needs in Wood-As A Structural Material

by James R. Goodman, (M.ASCE), Chairman and Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, Colo.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 10, Pg. 2069-2089

Document Type: Journal Paper


The better utilization of wood as a structural material depends heavily on increased knowledge of its basic behavior under load and environ mentally-induced stresses. A summary of research needs for improving this knowledge is presented. Needs for increased emphasis on research in wood behavior along with programs of education are considered. Some of the organizational and funding requirements for support of the research are also described. The combination of the proper application of the suggested research and the development of needed educational programs can lead to a full utilization of the timber resource.

Subject Headings: Material properties | Wood | Wood structures | Construction materials | Structural behavior | Load factors | Education | Organizations

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