F1L5303 Wood Physics 7.5 credits
The course in wood physics involves the physical properties of wood that influence both the production of the raw material and the use of the final wood product in various applications. One example of the former issue is industrial wood drying, which is an important part of the wood production, where serious damages can appear. The fundamental issue is the interaction between moisture in various phases and the hygroscopic wood material. Under use of wooden products there is an interaction with the ambient moisture. To that must be added mechanical loads with accompanying deformations as a function of the time, and sometimes also with influence from the moisture transport. Here are also the rheological properties of interest. The course turns to students directed both to wood production and use of wood and wood based products in the building industry.