Journal of Wood Science

, Volume 56, Issue 2, pp 100–106 | Cite as

Time dependence of Poisson’s effect in wood I: the lateral strain behavior



To understand the viscoelasticity of wood three dimensionally, a longitudinal tensile creep test for 12 species was conducted to examine the changes with time in the lateral strain and the viscoelastic, i.e., apparent Poisson’s ratio. The changes in the lateral strain (ɛ T and ɛ R) were similar to those in the longitudinal strain (ɛ L). That is, during creep, the absolute value of lateral strain continued to increase with the gradual reduction in the increase rate; immediately after the removal of the load, it recovered abruptly; then, it recovered slowly and finally reached a certain value. The rate of increase in the longitudinal strain during creep was smaller than that in the absolute value of lateral strains. The apparent Poisson’s ratio became large during creep because the lateral strain increased more than the longitudinal strain. The analysis of lateral strain by decomposition into three components, that is, instantaneous strain, delayed elastic strain, and permanent strain, has revealed that the lateral permanent strain in the transverse direction contributes most to the increase in the apparent Poisson’s ratio during creep.

Key words

Creep Poisson’s ratio Viscoelasticity Lateral strain Permanent strain 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Bioagricultural SciencesNagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan

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