One of the most important variables influencing the performance of wood is its moisture content. The amount of water present not only influences its strength, stiffness and mode of failure, but it also affects its dimensions, its susceptibility to fungal attack, its workability as well as its ability to accept adhesives and finishes. For wood to perform well, its moisture content must be reduced to a level corresponding to at least 12 percent of its oven-dry mass.
KeywordsEquilibrium Moisture Content Dimensional Change Compression Wood Building Research Juvenile Wood
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