Development of high-performance strand boards: multiscale modeling of anisotropic elasticity

Stürzenbecher, R., Hofstetter, K., Schickhofer, G. and Eberhardsteiner, J. (2010) Development of high-performance strand boards: multiscale modeling of anisotropic elasticity. Wood Science and Technology, 44(2), pp. 205-223. (doi:10.1007/s00226-009-0259-0)

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The interrelationships between microstructural characteristics and anisotropic elastic properties of strand-based engineered wood products are highly relevant in order to produce custom-designed strand products with tailored properties. A model providing a link between these characteristics and the resulting elastic behavior of the strand products is a very valuable tool to study these relationships. Here, the development, the experimental validation, and several applications of a multiscale model for strand products are presented. In a first homogenization step, the elastic properties of homogeneous strand boards are estimated by means of continuum micromechanics from strand shape, strand orientation, elastic properties of the used raw material, and mean board density. In a second homogenization step, the effective stiffness of multi-layer strand boards is determined by means of lamination theory, where the vertical density profile and different layer assemblies are taken into account. On the whole, this model enables to predict the macroscopic mechanical performance of strand-based panels from microscopic mechanical and morphological characteristics and, thus, constitutes a valuable tool for product development and optimization.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:De Borst, Dr Karin
Authors: Stürzenbecher, R., Hofstetter, K., Schickhofer, G., and Eberhardsteiner, J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Infrastructure and Environment
Journal Name:Wood Science and Technology
Published Online:07 June 2009

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