In Situ Assessment of Structural Timber

State of the Art Report of the RILEM Technical Committee 215-AST

  • Bohumil Kasal
  • Thomas Tannert

Part of the RILEM State of the Art Reports book series (RILEM State Art Reports, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Bohumil Kasal
    Pages 1-3
  3. Bohumil Kasal, Gretchen Lear, Thomas Tannert
    Pages 5-24
  4. Mehdi Sbartaï
    Pages 25-37
  5. Bohumil Kasal, Gretchen Lear, Ron Anthony
    Pages 39-50
  6. Gretchen Lear, Bohumil Kasal, Ron Anthony
    Pages 51-57
  7. Bohumil Kasal
    Pages 59-66
  8. Thomas Tannert
    Pages 67-73
  9. Bohumil Kasal
    Pages 75-80
  10. Nobuyoshi Yamaguchi
    Pages 81-86
  11. Mariapaola Riggio, Maurizio Piazza
    Pages 87-97
  12. Bohumil Kasal, Gretchen Lear
    Pages 99-104
  13. Nicola Macchioni
    Pages 105-107
  14. Olivia Pignatelli
    Pages 109-114
  15. Nicola Macchioni, Clara Bertolini, Thomas Tannert
    Pages 115-121
  16. Back Matter

About this book


Wood is one of the most intriguing structural materials and the only one that is truly renewable. Along with stone, wood is the oldest structural material on the planet and has been extensively used throughout human history. Due to its aesthetical value and positive environmental impact, wood has experienced a renaissance in construction.

As a biodegradable, hygroscopic, non-isotropic material, wood presents special challenges for a professional working with it and requires thorough knowledge ranging from biology to continuum mechanics.

This state-of-the-art report reflects the current knowledge in the area of in situ assessment of the physical and mechanical properties of wood structures. Nondestructive, semi-destructive and destructive methods are described in a systematic manner where technology, equipment and limitations are discussed. Some of the discussed methods are used in other materials such as masonry and concrete. Most of the methods, however, are specific to wood and special qualifications are required to understand and apply these methods effectively. Existing methods are constantly improved and new methods are being developed. This report includes methods that are used in practice or have shown significant promise and have a body of knowledge that supports statements made in this report.

This is a useable tool for professionals, researchers, educators and students


applications individual methods modern and historic buildings structural timber wood structures

Editors and affiliations

  • Bohumil Kasal
    • 1
  • Thomas Tannert
    • 2
  1. 1.Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKIBraunschweigGermany
  2. 2.Timber and Composite Construction Berne University of Applied SciencesBielSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-0559-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-0560-9
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-0852
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