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Xiping Wang

Xiping Wang
Forest Products Technologist
Engineering Properties of Wood, Wood Based Materials and Structures
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
United States
Research Interest
  • Nondestructive evaluation
  • Structural condition assessment
  • Tree decay detection
  • Heat sterilization
  • Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan, Ph.D., Wood Science,
  • Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China, M.S., Forest Engineering,
  • Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China, B.S., Mechanical Engineering,
Professional Organizations
  • Member,  American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT),  Current
  • Member,  Forest Products Society (FPS),  Current
  • Member,  Great Lakes Kiln Drying Association (GLKDA),  Current
  • Coordinator,  International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO),  Current
  • Deputy Coordinator,  International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO),  Current
  • Member,  Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST),  Current
Featured Publications
Other Publications
Research Highlights

Using New Technologies to Improve Log Defect Detection

Year: 2016
Scientists from the Forest Service’s Forest Products Laboratory and Northern Research Station cooperated with West Virginia University to enhance the competitiveness of the U.S. hardwood lumber industry by improving the accuracy of log internal defect detection and maximizing log value recovery.

Effects of Silviculture Practices on the Engineering Properties of Northern Hardwood Species of the Lake States

Year: 2018
Wood quality is an important determinant of its end use and therefore its value. Recent proliferation of novel engineered wood products has created new potential uses for hardwood. However, a greater understanding of wood quality is needed to allow continued development of these novel wood products.

Bonding Mixed Species for Advanced Biomaterials

Year: 2018
Massive composite timbers, such as cross laminated timber (CLT), are essential for tall timber buildings that require use of locally available wood resources to reduce manufacturing costs and minimize environmental impacts. This opens a potential sustainable market for undervalued hardwood forest fe...

Nondestructive Assessment of Wood Members in a Viewing Tower in Potawatomi State Park, Door County, Wisconsin, USA

Year: 2019
USDA Forest Service scientists assessed the condition of a historic observation tower to determine if it could be enjoyed safely.

Heat Sterilization of Firewood for Thermal Eradication of Emerald Ash Borer

Year: 2010
FPL researchers have led a joint research effort with USDA APHIS and state regulatory staff to evaluate various heat treatment options and heating times for ash firewood and help firewood industry to successfully implement the heat treatment process as required by the new USDA phytosanitary regulati...

Develop thermal verification guidelines for firewood heat treatment

Year: 2011
To stop further spread of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has enforced a heat treatment process for the U.S. firewood industry to heat sterilize all hardwood firewood before it can be shipped out of infested areas. Yet, many firewood producers...

New Acoustic Technology Evaluates Wood Quality of Standing Trees

Year: 2013
Lack of techniques to assess the quality of standing trees results in inefficient allocation of timber resources and also limits the ability of forest managers to grow high-quality wood with appropriate silvicultural treatments. To address the problem, Forest Products Laboratory researchers and thei...

Inspection Protocols Help Preserve Ancient Chinese Structures

Year: 2014
Forest Service scientists worked with Chinese scientists and engineers to develop inspection procedures to aid in the preservation and restoration of historically significant wood structures.

Heat treating wooden ammunition pallets for invasive species

Year: 2011
Wood pallets serve as support for munitions loads and other military supplies transported within the continental U.S. and internationally. Despite this integral transport function, wood pallets have been identified as a major pathway for the introduction and spread of non-native invasive insect spec...

Assessing the ability of ground-penetrating radar to detect internal moisture and fungal decay

Year: 2017
Internal moisture and fungal decay are detected in structural bridge members using ground penetrating radar for faster evaluation of timber bridges.

Centennial Edition, Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material

Year: 2010
The Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material serves as a primary reference document for a wide variety of users-from the general public through architects and design engineers who use wood in highly engineered structures.