Plywood and Similar Wood Products

  • Judith J. Stalnaker
  • Ernest C. Harris
Part of the VNR Structural Engineering Series book series (VNRSES)


One of the most important wood products for structural use is plywood. It is used for roof and floor sheathing, concrete formwork, webs of wood beams, and even the hulls of boats. It can be used to resist gravity loads or to resist lateral loads as in plywood diaphragms and shearwalls. Because of the way plywood is manufactured, it has more nearly isotropic properties and greater dimensional stability (resistance to change in dimension with moisture content) than sawn lumber. The dimensional change of plywood is only about one-tenth of that for solid timber over any given range in temperatures and relative humidities (1). Other manufactured wood products such as particleboard and insulation board have found general acceptance as building materials.


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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith J. Stalnaker
    • 1
  • Ernest C. Harris
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ColoradoUSA

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