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Structural design considerations and testing

The eighth episode of Sawmilling South Africa’s (SSA’s) Talking Timber webinar series featured the University of Pretoria’s structural engineer, Dr Johann van der Merwe, and Stellenbosch University’s wood scientist, Prof Brand Wessels, explaining why the mechanical properties of wood must be considered when designing timber structures.

It is vital for architects and engineers designing timber structures to have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the physical and mechanical properties of wood and the timber grading system. The properties dictate the suitability of wood for specific applications and are elementary for making informed decisions.

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