Wood Science and Technology

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 189–205

The viscoelasticity of wood at varying moisture content

  • Alpo Ranta-Maunus

DOI: 10.1007/BF00364637

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Ranta-Maunus, A. Wood Science and Technology (1975) 9: 189. doi:10.1007/BF00364637


Wood is regarded as a viscoelastic material. Creep deformations that arise from variations in the moisture content are described by a theory of hydroviscoelasticity developed by the author. Two different types of behaviour have been apparent: one, arising from a continuously increasing strain with periodic variation in the moisture content, and another with no cumulative effect. The theory has been applied to previously published experimental results concerned with beech, pine, hoop pine, klinki pine, along with birch and spruce plywood. Birch and spruce plywood have been used for experiments concerned with periodically-cycling bending moment and moisture content. The results obtained have been compared with the theory presented. Glue-laminated beams have been subjected to long-term outdoor loading extending for five years. A brief discussion is given of the results obtained.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alpo Ranta-Maunus
    • 1
  1. 1.Structural Mechanics Laboratory, Division of Building Technology and Community DevelopmentTechnical Research Centre of FinlandEspooFinland
  2. 2.Institute of Radiation ProtectionHelsinki 10Finland

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