Wood Science and Technology

, Volume 43, Issue 3–4, pp 343–357 | Cite as

An experimentally validated fatigue model for wood subjected to tension perpendicular to the grain

  • C. O. Clorius
  • M. U. Pedersen
  • P. Hoffmeyer
  • Lars DamkildeEmail author


This study presents an experimental investigation of fatigue in wood subjected to tension perpendicular to the grain. The study has been designed with special reference to the influence of the frequency of loading. The investigation reveals an interaction between number of load oscillations and accumulated time under load to failure. This interaction corresponds to frequency dependent fatigue. Current models for damage accumulation and failure modelling are screened with respect to their ability to account for such “two-source” damage. The Damaged cracked viscoelastic material model proved to give a good basis.


Fatigue Fatigue Life Failure Surface Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanic Load Cycle 
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The publication of the work laid forward has been made possible by The Danish Research Councils hereby recognized for the financial support given through the research project “Modelling the effects of moisture and load history on the mechanical properties of wood” (grant no. 991363).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. O. Clorius
    • 1
  • M. U. Pedersen
    • 2
  • P. Hoffmeyer
    • 1
  • Lars Damkilde
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringTechnical University of DenmarkKgs. LyngbyDenmark
  2. 2.COWI Consulting EngineersKgs. LyngbyDenmark
  3. 3.Esbjerg Institute of TechnologyAalborg University EsbjergEsbjergDenmark

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