Wood Science and Technology

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 227–235 | Cite as

A multiple fracture test for strain to failure distribution in wood

  • F. Thuvander
  • L. A. Berglund


The tensile strain to failure of small wood samples is a desirable property in studies where the effect of small differences in microstructure on failure is of interest. However, the scatter in data is usually significant and only one data is obtained per specimen. For this reason, a new multiple fracture test for measurement of the strain to failure distribution was designed. Wood samples were bonded between two transparent PVC layers with higher strain to failure than the wood. Multiple fractures were then observed in single wood samples during tensile loading. This behavior is already utilized in tests in the field of synthetic composite materials. It was possible to conveniently register multiple fracture events as a function of strain by visual observation through the transparent PVC layers. The data were used to compare two different wood materials and to determine their Weibull distribution functions.


Microstructure Distribution Function Composite Material Small Difference High Strain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Thuvander
    • 1
  • L. A. Berglund
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Polymer EngineeringLuleå University of TechnologyLuleåSweden

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