The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 57 (1979) > Issues > Issue 6 > New Materials From Timber
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New Materials From Timber

Fortunately, we are still living in an era in which timber, that is to say sawn timber, is readily available as a structural material and, over the years, continued research, backed by traditional experience, has allowed it to be used with increasing confidence and efficiency in a wide range of structures. Techniques of stress grading, based on visual inspection and on non-destructive testing, are available to enable the timber used to be adequately controlled as regards strength. More recently, a new generation of timber-based products, involving some manufacturing or processing, is being presented for evaluation and use as a structural material. These products may or may not possess properties that reflect those of timber, and their evaluation does present problems. J.W.W. Morgan