Wood Science and Technology

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 255–265 | Cite as

Elastic constants for wood by an ultrasonic method

  • V. Bucur
  • R. R. Archer


Ultrasonic measurements were carried out on cubic specimens of six species (pine, spruce, douglas-fir, oak, beech, tulip-tree). An orthotropic model of wave propagation was used to interpret these measurements and compute estimates of the elastic compliances. In order to calculate the off-diagonal stiffness terms, velocities were computed on samples with faces at an angle to the principal directions. The elastic compliance matrix was calculated by inverting the stiffness matrix.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Bucur
    • 1
  • R. R. Archer
    • 2
  1. 1.Station de Recherches sur la Qualité des BoisCentre National de Recherches Forestières de NancySeichampsFrance
  2. 2.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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