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Flexural characteristics of Eucalyptus nitens timber with high moisture content


Cheng, Y and Nolan, G and Holloway, D and Kaur, J and Lee, M and Chan, A, Flexural characteristics of Eucalyptus nitens timber with high moisture content, BioResources, 16, (2) pp. 2921-2936. ISSN 1930-2126 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.15376/biores.16.2.2921-2936


The demand for timber resources in the building industry has been increasing. Plantation Eucalyptus nitens is of interest because of its sustainable supply and potential for structural applications. However, few design standards cover strength values of plantation eucalypt timber, especially flexural failure below and above the fibre saturation point, which is an important mechanism of failure in bending members used in the building industry. Static bending tests were undertaken using a universal testing machine to examine nonlinear bending behaviour of 130 fibre managed E. nitens small clear wood samples at low and high moisture contents (MC). The mean bending modulus of rupture (MOR) was 80.7 MPa for low MC and 59.0 MPa for high MC. The high MC samples exhibited larger displacements at low ultimate loads, while the low MC samples showed abrupt failures at relatively small displacements with high ultimate loads. The design characteristic values for low and high MC E. nitens were 68.5 MPa and 39.8 MPa, respectively. This research demonstrates that fibre managed E. nitens timber is a promising timber for structural applications, especially when exposed to water, as the MOR reduction of E. nitens timber above FSP is relatively lower than those of P. radiata, which is a traditional construction material.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Eucalyptus, static bending, high moisture content, design characteristic value
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Civil engineering
Research Field:Construction materials
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Construction materials performance and processes
Objective Field:Timber materials
UTAS Author:Cheng, Y (Ms Yingyao Cheng)
UTAS Author:Nolan, G (Professor Gregory Nolan)
UTAS Author:Holloway, D (Associate Professor Damien Holloway)
UTAS Author:Kaur, J (Miss Jaskiran Kaur)
UTAS Author:Lee, M (Mr Michael Lee)
UTAS Author:Chan, A (Professor Andrew Chan)
ID Code:146401
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2021-09-03
Last Modified:2022-08-30

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