Structural Wood Products

by Russell Moody, Forest Service, United States,
Michael Ritter, Forest Service, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Serviceability and Durability of Construction Materials


This paper provides a description of available structural wood products. Traditional products such as lumber and plywood are being supplemented by new products that include composite lumber and structural flakeboards. Designers now have a range of engineered wood products to choose from, including glulam timber, prefabricated trusses, and prefabricated I-joints. The newer wood products are a response to both a changing timber resource and a demand for products that meet specific end-use performance requirements. These new products generally are processed with some degree of reconstitution that tends to decrease variability in strength properties and improve reliability. Future trends in these products will depend upon several factors including raw material availability and processing developments.

Subject Headings: Wood structures | Wood | Wood construction | Composite materials | Construction materials | Composite structures | Laminated materials | Prefabrication

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