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Structure of woodAuthor(s): Regis B. Miller
Source: Wood handbook : wood as an engineering material. Madison, WI : USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 1999. General technical report FPL ; GTR-113: Pages 2.1-2.4
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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DescriptionThe fibrous nature of wood strongly influences how it is used. Wood is primarily composed of hollow, elongate, spindle-shaped cells that are arranged parallel to each other along the trunk of a tree. When lumber and other products are cut from the tree, the characteristics of these fibrous cells and their arrangement affect such properties as strength and shrinkage as well as the grain pattern of the wood. This chapter briefly describes some elements of wood structure.
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CitationMiller, Regis B. 1999. Structure of wood. Wood handbook : wood as an engineering material. Madison, WI : USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 1999. General technical report FPL ; GTR-113: Pages 2.1-2.4
KeywordsWood properties, structure, grain and figure, wood anatomy, growth rings, wood chemistry, chemical composition, cells
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