Wood Science and Technology

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 215–227

Mechano-sorptive creep mechanism of wood in compression and bending

  • P. Hoffmeyer
  • R. W. Davidson

DOI: 10.1007/BF00367735

Cite this article as:
Hoffmeyer, P. & Davidson, R.W. Wood Sci. Technol. (1989) 23: 215. doi:10.1007/BF00367735


A model is introduced which links the mechano-sorptive behaviour of wood subjected to moderate and high compression or bending stresses parallel to grain to the formation of slip planes in the cell wall. Slip plane formation is dependent on the breaking of hydrogen bonds, which process is directly related to the amount of moisture change. The dramatic change of microfibril orientation in slip plane zones cause an increase of the longitudinal shrinkage/swelling and a decrease of the modulus of elasticity. These features of slip plane formation account for both the magnitude and the oscillation of the excessive mechano-sorptive creep associated with compression and bending parallel to grain. A summary is given of the characteristics of the mechano-sorptive effects, and the model is discussed in the light of these effects.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Hoffmeyer
    • 1
  • R. W. Davidson
    • 2
  1. 1.LyngbyDenmark
  2. 2.SyracuseUSA

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