Wood as An Engineering Material: Moisture Relations and Physical Properties
This online engineering PDH course discusses the macroscopic physical properties of wood with emphasis on their relationship with moisture content.
Wood, like many natural materials, is hygroscopic; it takes on moisture from the surrounding environment. Moisture exchange between wood and air depends on the relative humidity and temperature of the air and the current amount of water in the wood. This moisture relationship has an important influence on wood properties and performance. Many of the challenges of using wood as an engineering material arise from changes in moisture content or an abundance of moisture within the wood.
This 2 PDH online course is applicable to civil, structural or geotechnical engineers, as well as design and construction personnel who are interested in gaining a better understanding in fire safety of wood construction or who are involved in the design and planning of wood structures.
This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Familiarizing with the different wood-moisture relationships
- Understanding the four thermal properties of wood
- Learning about the electrical properties of wood
- Understanding the friction properties of wood
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapter 4, "Moisture Relations and Physical Properties of Wood" of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Publication, “Wood Handbook - Wood as An Engineering Material”, FPL-GTR-190.
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on Chapter 4 of this USDA publication.
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