Journal of Wood Science

, Volume 64, Issue 2, pp 85–96 | Cite as

Investigation of elastic constants and ultimate strengths of Korean pine from compression and tension tests

  • Na Yang
  • Lei Zhang
Original Article


Korean pine (Pinus koraiensis) is a wood species recently adopted in China for the rehabilitation of traditional timber buildings. This paper investigates its mechanical properties with laboratory tests on typical specimens to obtain the moduli of elasticity, Poisson’s ratios, shear moduli, coefficients of mutual influence, crushing strengths and tension strengths in various directions. Highly different failure patterns of specimens in compression test were observed when loaded in different directions relative to the grain while only brittle failure mode was observed for tension specimens. The measured parameters of Korean pine were compared with those obtained from theory of orthotropic elasticity, the empirical formula and the Norris failure criterion, good agreements were reached for all examinations in general which indicate it is admissible to treat Korean pine as ideal orthotropic material.


Clear wood Off-axis loading Elastic constants Crushing strengths Tension strengths 



The study presented in this paper was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China for Excellent Young Scholars (NSFC 51422801), Beijing Natural Science Foundation of China (Key Program 8151003), National Natural Science Foundation of China (Key Program NSFC 51338001), National Natural Science Foundation of China (General Program NSFC 51178028) and National Key Technology R&D Program (2015BAK01B02). The comments from Prof. S.S. Law and his help in polishing the English usage of this paper are also acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Civil EngineeringBeijing Jiaotong UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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